Private contractor plotted to kill SAIL chairman for rejecting his son Rs 100-crore deal

Delhi Police Crime Branch said that Ashok Kumar Singh was arrested from his residence in southwest Delhi’s Vasant Kunj on Friday.

Published: 10th September 2019 08:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2019 08:32 AM   |  A+A-

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary. (Photo | Twitter)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  A private contractor has been arrested for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to kill Steel Authority of India Chairman for rejecting “poor quality” coal supplied by the arrestee’s son’s US-based company, police said on Monday. A case under Indian Penal Code sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) has been registered at Hauz Khas police station.

Delhi Police Crime Branch said that Ashok Kumar Singh was arrested from his residence in southwest Delhi’s Vasant Kunj on Friday. Last month, SAIL chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary was attacked on August Kranti Marg when he was on his way to his residence from office. The same day, police arrested Singh’s associate Sunil Balhara, a property dealer.

Initially, police suspected it to be a case of road rage. “The investigation revealed that it was a planned attack,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Ram Gopal Naik.In 2018, a Rs 100-crore deal was signed between SAIL and Singh’s son’s company for supplying coal. The officer said that the sample was rejected due to “poor quality”. SAIL had paid the first installment of Rs 30 crore but dissatisfied with the quality of coal sample supplied, the deal was later cancelled, according to police.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp