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Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda guilty in coal scam

A special court on Wednesday held former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former coal secretary HC Gupta and two others guilty of corruption and other charges in a coal scam case.

This is the fourth conviction in as many as 30 cases of coal block allocation scam being decided by the court.

The present case pertains to irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in Jharkhand to a Kolkata-based company in 2007. Besides Koda and Gupta, two others who have been held guilty are former Jharkhand chief secretary AK Basu and the allottee firm Vini Iron & Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL). Continue reading

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Speed up the cases of politicians, says SC

NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the Centre six weeks to come up with a scheme for setting up special courts for speedy trial of lawmakers  or politicians facing criminal charges, saying “this is in the interest of the nation”.

The court also sought the status of the 1,581 criminal cases mentioned in poll affidavits by the candidates in 2014, when elections were held for the Lok Sabha and eight state assemblies.

“In the interest of the nation, trials in such cases must end within a year,” a bench led by justice Ranjan Gogoi said, asking the Centre to specify the money it would set aside for such courts.

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