Rampia coal block scam: Central nod to prosecute bureaucrats

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: In a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of the Rampia coal block in Odisha to Navbharat Power Pvt Ltd (NPPL), the Central government has given sanction to prosecute senior public servants for alleged offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Senior public prosecutor A.K. Singh said the request for according sanction to prosecute these senior public servants was sent to Union Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in pursuance to court’s earlier order in two separate cases pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of separate coal blocks to NPPL and Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL).

CBI said that they have received the sanction order from DoPT to prosecute K.S. Kropha, the then joint secretary in Coal ministry, and K.C. Samria, who was then the director (Coal Allocation-I section) in the ministry.

“It has been submitted by the investigating officer that pursuant to the order of this court and the consequent request made by CBI to the competent authority for considering according of sanction to prosecute K.S. Kropha and K.C. Samria has been accepted and government has accorded the necessary sanction,” Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar noted.

In the case involving KSSPL, senior public prosecutor V.K. Sharma told the court that they received the sanction order from DoPT on Tuesday itself.