Coal Scam Case:: Special CBI court sentenced former Union Minister Dilip Ray to 3 years, then got bail
New Delhi: A special CBI court has sentenced former union minister Dilip Ray to 3 years in jail in a 21-year-old coal scam case. Along with this, two more convicts have also been sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Along with the punishment, a fine of Rs 10 lakh has also been imposed on all three. Immediately after this, the special court granted bail to all three on one lakh bond. Also, the three have been given time till November 25 to appeal in the High Court.
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Dilip Ray was the coal minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. This case is of 1999. The case is related to Brahmadiha coal mines in Giridih, Jharkhand. Dilip Ray was accused of irregularities in its allocation. In this whole case 4 people were found guilty.
Specialist Justice Bharat Parashar had found Dilip Ray guilty under the Prevention of Corruption Act. While two more people were convicted of cheating and conspiracy. All three were sentenced on Monday.
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda was also found guilty in the same case. He was sentenced to three years in jail and a fine of Rs 25 lakh. Former mining secretary HC Gupta was also sentenced to three years in jail and a fine of one lakh rupees. Now Dilip Ray has also been sentenced.
Dilip Ray was considered very close to Biju Patnaik. Dilip Ray has been one of the founding members of the Biju Janata Dal. Ray later quit BJD and joined BJP and in 2014 won the election from Rourkela on a BJP ticket and became an MLA. In the 2019 elections, he left the BJP accusing PM Narendra Modi of not fulfilling the promise. After that he stayed away from politics.