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Coal accused Rapped for Bid to Meet Judge

Published: 02nd June 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2015 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:  A coal scam accused associated with the Jindal Group and Congress leader Naveen Jindal allegedly tried more than once to approach Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, who on Monday warned him against such misdemeanours in future.

“I am very sorry to say that with such senior lawyers appearing in the case, I had not expected that it would happen,” the judge said without disclosing the accused’s identity.

Senior advocate Hariharan, who appeared for Jindal, told the court that the Jindal Group management had taken a strong note of the issue and promised the judge that such a behaviour wouldn’t recur.

After the counsel gave this assurance, the judge said: “It has happened again. If you want me to take it on record, I will do it. I was least expecting this. With such senior lawyers, if this is happening without your knowledge, then I cannot say anything but this was not expected.”

The accused had allegedly tried to approach the judge, after which the court cautioned him that it would take action if such a thing was repeated.

Jindal Realty director Rajeev Jain, Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL) director Girish Kumar Suneja are among other accused in the case, which is related to alleged irregularities in the allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to two Jindal group companies -- Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and GSIPL.

The counsel clarified that he was not aware of the instance and said he would inform the court about the action taken by the management against the person in question.

The court will on June 30 scrutinise the documents filed by the CBI.



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