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CBI’s charge sheet in Coalscam silent on crucial aspects:Darda

Vijay Darda

Vijay DardaNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, facing prosecution in a coal blocks allocation scam case, today told a special court that CBI’s charge sheet against him was “silent” on whom he had tried to induce to give the block to accused firm Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.

Advancing arguments on framing of charges before Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, the counsel for Darda said the agency’s charge sheet does not mention the manner in which he had allegedly cheated.

Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for Darda, also argued that it was not mentioned in the charge sheet which public servant the accused was trying to induce.

“The charge sheet should be clear in what manner I (Darda) have cheated. It does not state whom (public servant) I was trying to induce. Public servants will say whom I was trying to influence him but they (CBI) have not brought them here,” he said.

The court was hearing arguments on framing of charges in the case in which CBI had chargesheeted Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Manoj Jayaswal, director of Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, and the firm as accused for offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under Prevention of Corruption Act.

The arguments of Aggarwal, who was appearing for all the accused, remained inconclusive and would continue on October 27, the next date of hearing.

During the arguments, the defence counsel argued the allegation against Vijay Darda was that he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to allocate coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd in Maharashtra.

“It was my duty to push for the works to be done in my constituency (representing Maharashtra as Rajya Sabha MP) and no angle of criminality was there in this,” he argued.


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