Published On : Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016

Coal Scam: ED raid on Central Cables and Gondwana Ispat

Nagpur: The personnel of Enforcement Directorate raided the office and residence of the owner of Central Cables and Gondwana on February 3, 2016 and checked and verified various documents for the on-going investigation on allocation of coal blocks and other irregularities. Some incriminating documents were also reportedly seized by the Enforcement Directorate.

According to reliable sources, the teams of Enforcement Directorate swooped on the office of Central Cables and Gondwana situated at Poonam Chambers in the afternoon and had undertaken the search and seizure operations.

The Enforcement Directorate raid is allegedly in connection with the on-going investigations on the Coal blocks allocation case. The action was initiated under the guidance of Senior Official of the Enforcement Directorate Girish Rotarikar. Separate squads were formed for the raid which was undertaken in the residence and the Showroom. While one squad swooped on the Bungalow of Daga situated near Hislop College, the other swooped the showroom.

Sources claimed that some incriminating documents were seized in the operation. Till the filing of the report, the operation was still in process till late in the evening.

Gondwana Ispat Ltd and its director were recently summoned as accused by a Special court in a Coal Block allocation case for allegedly misrepresenting facts to get a coal block in Maharashtra allocated to it.

It could be mentioned that the court had passed the order after taking cognizance of CBI charge sheet and had directed the firm and its director Ashok Daga to appear before it for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating under the IPC.

A fresh case was registered in the Coal Block Allocation scam for an allotment done during the NDA regime in 2003. The Nagpur-based company has been booked for criminal conspiracy and cheating, taking the number of FIRs in the scam to 28. The case has been registered against Gondwana Ispat Limited, a 100% subsidiary of BS Ispat, and its Promoter and Director Ashok Daga regarding alleged misrepresentation of facts.

BS Ispat is headed by Ashok’s brother Govind Daga, had also been booked by CBI. Sources said the case has been registered for allocation of Majra Coal Block in 2003 for the company’s sponge iron plant in Maharashtra.The company allegedly misrepresented facts about its eligibility to get the block allocated. It disposed of equity without developing the coal mine and did not utilise it for the end-use for which it was allocated.