Bhubaneswar: Former Union minister of state for coal, Dilip Ray, was convicted by a special CBI court on Tuesday in New Delhi for he was accused of irregularity in allocation of a coal block in Jharkhand in more than 20 years ago in 1999.
Special CBI judge, Bharat Parashar, who was minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, had convicted Ray for criminal conspiracy and other offences.
Two former officials of Coal ministry, Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, also convicted along with the director of Castron Technologies Ltd, Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla.
“There was a concerted effort by way of criminal conspiracy to facilitate misappropriation of the important nationalized natural resources of the country”, said the court.
The four persons and two firms are convicted under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 409 (Criminal breach of trust) of IPC and under the relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
The court has set hearing of the case on October 14.