NEW DELHI : The CBI on Saturday booked the fourth Nagpur firm as also a Kolkata company and their directors for allegedly securing the coal blocks on the basis of misrepresentation and false claims in applications and presentation before the government.

Both are manufacturers of sponge iron and steel. Promoters of one of these companies allegedly sold their stakes to make big money after getting the coal block, the CBI said.  The Nagpur firm, Grace Industries Ltd of Guptas, had, in fact, declared itself as suppliers of coal. The case has been registered against it as well as against its managing director Mukesh Gupta and Mrs Seema Gupta.

BJP MP Hansraj Ahir from Chandrapur in Maharashtra had complained about the Guptas getting a coal mine in his district fraudulently.

Another case was registered against Kolkata”s Vikash Metal & Power Ltd. as also against its CEO Vikash Patni, directors Vimal Patni, Anand Patni, Virender Kumar Jain, Kailash Chander Jain and Vijay Kumar Jain and Anand Mallick, who is authorised signatory of the company.  Registering two separate cases against the two companies, their directors as also against unknown public servants who helped them in the fraud, the CBI sleuths carried out raids in seven cities across the country, including Kolkata, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Purulia, and Ghaziabad at the official and residential premises of the companies and their directors.

Three of the five companies earlier booked for alleged conspiracy with public servants on September 4 were also from Nagpur — AMR Iron and Steel, JAS Infrastructure and JLD Yavatmal Power — having industrialist Manoj Jayaswal as promoter of all three.

He was intensely interrogated by the CBI here this week. The CBI had conducted searches at 30 locations after registering separate cases against them.

It was on the reference from the Central Vigilance Commission in June that the CBI had swung into investigations after registering a preliminary inquiry to examine the alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks by the Coal Ministry during 2006-09. The CVC ordered the inquiry on a complaint from BJP MPs Prakash Javadekar and Hansraj Ahir.

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