Bhubaneswar: A Special CBI Court in New Delhi is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment for former Union Minister Dilip Ray and five others convicted in the 1999 high profile coal block allocation scandal, on Monday.
Ray was Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Coal during Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in 1999.
On October 14, Special Judge Bharat Parashar had reserved the order on their sentencing after hearing arguments from the counsel of the convicts and the CBI, which had sought life term for Ray.
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Notably, the court on October 6 had convicted the former Union minister for criminal conspiracy and other offences pertaining to the allocation of Brahmadiha coal block in Giridih in Jharkhand to the Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL) in 1999.
The court had also convicted two other senior officials of the then coal ministry — Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam — and CTL director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Mining Ltd (CML).