Published On : Thu, Mar 10th, 2016

Coal Scam : Chargesheet filed against Vijay Darda, Manoj Jayaswal


In yet another significant development in Coal scam, the Enforcement Directorate has filed separate charge sheets in connection with its money laundering probe against the accused firms. The first charge sheet was filed on Wednesday before the special PMLA court at the Patiala House complex here against Congress MP Vijay Darda and his Nagpur-based business associate Manoj Jayaswal, his son Abhishek Jayaswal and others.

The ED today said in a statement that it has filed a prosecution complaint (charge sheet) against Ms AMR Iron and Steel Private Limited, Darda, his business associate Manoj Jayaswal, his son Devendra, Abhishek Jayaswal and others.

The case pertains to the allocation of coal blocks in the Bander area of Maharashtra, also probed by the CBI, where the agencies have alleged that the firms and individuals involved furnished false information and got undue advantage in allocation of the said coal block by allegedly paying illegal gratification of over Rs 24.58 crore which was subsequently invested by the Dardas in Ms JAS Infrastructure and Power Limited.

An attachment order seizing assets worth over Rs 24.58 crore had been issued by the agency in July, 2014 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The ED, in this case, had alleged that illegal funds were routed through various Kolkata-based companies which, in a layered manner, landed in the accounts of another company Ms Asera Banka Pvt Ltd.

This amount, the agency had said, was the “proceeds of crime” which were used “in the purchase of shares of JAS Infrastructure and Power Ltd.”

CBI has already filed its charge sheet in this case.

It had earlier claimed that Jayaswal, the director of Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, had allegedly conspired with Darda and his son Devendra to cheat the coal ministry in obtaining coal blocks.

The agency had arraigned Jayaswal, Darda and Devendra as accused in the charge sheet along with the firm. .