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Coal scam: AMR firm seeks court monitoring of CBI probe


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New Delhi: Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, named as an accused in a charge sheet along with Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda and others in a case relating to the coal block allocation scam, today moved a special court here seeking its monitoring of the ongoing CBI probe.

The application filed by AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd came up for hearing before Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain who posted it for arguments on May 7 after CBI sought some time to file its reply on the plea.

“Put up for reply and arguments on May 7,” the court said.

The court, which had earlier fixed the case for today for consideration on the issue of taking cognisance on CBI’s charge sheet filed on March 27, posted the matter for May 7 as the investigating officer said he needed time to do correction in the list of documents filed along with the final report.

CBI, in its charge sheet, has arraigned Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, its Director Manoj Jayaswal and others as accused for fraudulently acquiring coal blocks.

They were chargesheeted for the offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

In its plea filed through advocate Vijay Aggarwal, AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd claimed CBI has not probed the matter properly and the charge sheet was filed on the basis of “biased investigation.”

“Monitor the investigation and pass necessary orders thereby directing the investigating officer (IO) to expedite the investigation and to conduct the investigation in a proper and effective manner, especially with reference to documents / important aspects….,” the plea said.

“It is submitted that if the IO investigated the matter properly, then FIR would have culminated into a cancellation report. However, on the basis of biased investigation, the IO filed the charge sheet in the matter without investigating the matter properly,” it alleged.