A Delhi court sentenced former coal secretary HC Gupta to three-year imprisonment on Wednesday for irregularities in the allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal to a private firm. Two other bureaucrats --- KS Kropha and KC Samria --- have been sentenced to four years of imprisonment. However, he and the other two were granted bail soon after. All of them have to furnish a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety amount.
Delhi's Patiala House Court grants bail to the HC Gupta (former Coal Secretary) and two other public servants. All have to furnish a personal bond of rupees one lakh and one surety amount. https://t.co/VjtWTNBCSQ— ANI (@ANI) December 5, 2018
The Central Bureau of Investigation had sought a maximum of seven-year imprisonment for the five convicted persons and imposition of a heavy fine on the private firm. The offences for which they had been convicted entail a minimum punishment of one year in jail, going up to a maximum of seven years.
The court had on November 30 convicted Gupta, former joint secretary in ministry of coal Kropha and the then director (CA-I) in the ministry Samria.
(With PTI inputs)