A RELIEF FOR VIJAY DARDA

The CBI closed 2 cases of Coalgate involving the Abhijeet group based in Nagpur and VijayDarda, the Congress Member of Parliament on the grounds of absence of prosecutable proof. This move was preceded by another one. The CBI closed so far four Coalgate cases.

This is a relief for Vijay Darda even if he is involved in another case of Coalgate. The cases closed are related to JLD Yavatmal Pvt Ltd and JAS Infrastructure that received blocks on Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Jayaswals and Darda were the directors of these companies and the Member of Parliament named himself as accused in the FIR against JLD Yavatmal.

In September 2012, the CBI recorded an FIR against JLD Yavatmal Pvt Ltd and JAS Infrastructure and carried also searches at different places after questioning numerous persons encompassing Manoj Jayaswal, Rajendra Darda, Vijay’s brother who was the cabinet minister in Maharashtra government, Darda, and his son Devendra.

The agency concluded in its shutting report on JLD Yavatmal that the officers did not gather any evidence to prove apparent commission of felony under sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) against the firm. In addition, the CBI stated, in its final report, that there is no proof of any bribe or mala fide relationship between the public servant and the accused firm. According to the final report that the agency filed in the special law court in Delhi, such evidence did not appear during the progress of investigation. Therefore, due to lacking evidence, the CBI requested the court to accept the final report.

VijayDarda was quoted as accused in the case involving JLD Yavatmal. In its final report related to this case, the agency revealed that the investigating officers could not prove that the mentioned company obtained gratuitous profit from ministry of coal with concern to non-statement of earlier coal blocks to its associate/group companies. The CBI added that nothing considerable emerged to prove any component of criminal conspiracy and cheating between the directors of firm and the administrators of coal ministry.

Recently, the agency charged Vijay Darda for wrongdoings in distribution of Bander coal mass to AMR Iron and Steel that is the third firm connected to Darda-Jayaswal. The application forms alleged, initially, that Dardas-Jayaswals mentioned AMR, JLD, and JAS as particular purpose vehicles for a big consortium of firms such as Lokmat, Inertia, and IDFC, IL&FS group. The investigating officers found later that the claim was false. The cases were among the first few FIRs of the agency that were recorded in September 2012.

The CBI alleged initially that, between 1999 and 2005, the group received 7 coal blocks and they did not reveal this allocation during the meeting of the screening committee and in their application form.

So far, out of the 19 FIRs recorded, the agency has shut 4 cases against JLD Yavatmal and JAS Infrastructure, Vikash Metals Pvt Ltd, Power and Kamal Sponge Pvt Ltd. Last month, the CBI informed also the Supreme Court that it is officers are closing investigation against twenty firms for lack of evidence.

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