Dilip Ray grant bail in Coal Scam case
Former Union Minister Dilip Ray has been granted bail soon after a Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in New Delhi sentenced him to three years imprisonment in the Jharkhand coal scam case. He was asked to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh.
Ray was earlier sentenced in case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Jharkhand in 1999. Apart from Ray, the two other officials convicted in the case have also been granted bail.
The special court had recently convicted Dilip Ray, two then senior officials of the Ministry of Coal (MoC) — Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL), its director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Mining Ltd (CML) in the case for charges of criminal conspiracy and other offences.
Earlier, the CBI had sought life imprisonment for the former Union minister and other convicts, arguing that white collar crimes are on the rise and maximum punishment was required to send a message to the society.
Ray was the Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999. The case pertains to allocation of 105.153 hectares of non-nationalised and abandoned coal mining area in Jharkhand’s Giridih district in favour of Castron Technologies Limited by 14th Screening Committee of the Ministry of Coal in 1999.