NEW DELHI: The Delhi Excessive Court docket on Tuesday suspended the three-year jail time period of former Union minister Dilip Ray in a coal rip-off case pertaining to irregularities within the allocation of a Jharkhand block in 1999. In response to a lawyer related to the case, Justice Suresh Kumar Kait additionally issued discover to the CBI and sought its response on the attraction filed by Ray, difficult his sentencing within the case.
The Excessive Court docket admitted the attraction and listed it for additional listening to on November 25, the lawyer mentioned. The trial court docket had sentenced Ray, the 68-year outdated former minister of state (coal) within the Atal Bihari Vajpayee authorities, to three-year in jail and in addition imposed a effective of Rs 10 lakh on him.
Apart from him, the trial court docket has additionally awarded three-year jail time period every to 2 senior officers of the ministry at the moment — Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, each about 80-year-old. It has additionally awarded the identical jail time period to Castron Applied sciences Ltd (CTL) director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla (75). The trial court docket had nonetheless granted bail to the convict individuals for one month to allow them to strategy the excessive court docket difficult the decision.
It had imposed a effective of Rs 2 lakh every on Banerjee and Gautam, whereas Agarwalla was requested to pay a effective of Rs 60 lakh. It had additionally imposed a effective of Rs 60 lakh and Rs 10 lakh on CTL and Castron Mining Ltd (CML) respectively. The 2 corporations have been additionally held responsible within the case.
The convicts had urged the trial court docket to take a lenient view contemplating their outdated age and that they have been by no means convicted earlier. The CBI, represented by public prosecutors V Okay Sharma and A P Singh within the trial court docket, nonetheless, had sought most punishment for the convicts.