Director of Jindal Realty, Rajiv Jain, who along with Congress leader and industralist Naveen Jindal and others was summoned as accused in a coalscam case, was today allowed by a special court to travel to USA.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar allowed Jain’s plea seeking court’s permission to travel to USA along with his family from today till June 5 after the accused said he had planned for the visit much before the summons were issued.
His counsel told the court that June 1, the next date of hearing in the case, was only for scrutiny of documents filed by the CBI along with the charge sheet and proceedings will not be hampered in any way by absence of the accused.
Opposing his plea, senior public prosecutor V K Sharma said the ground mentioned in the application does not warrant grant of any such permission to the accused.
“I am of the considered opinion that as the trip along with the family is stated to have been planned in March 2015 itself and the next date i.e. June 1 is fixed only for scrutiny of documents and counsel for accused undertakes to appear and proceed further with the matter, so it will be appropriate to grant permission to accused Rajiv Jain to travel abroad (USA) from May 25 to June 5 in terms of the itinerary placed on record…,” the judge said.
The court on May 22 had granted bail to Jain, Jindal, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and six other individual accused in the case.
Apart from them, the court had granted bail to former coal Secretary Harish Chandra Gupta, Suresh Singhal, Director of New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd, Girish Kumar Suneja and Radha Krishna Saraf, both Directors of Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL), K Ramakrishna Prasad, Managing Director of Sowbhagya Media Ltd and chartered accountant Gyan Swaroop Garg.
They were summoned by the court in a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to two Jindal group firms, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and GSIPL.
During the arguments on the bail pleas, all the accused had denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.
Besides these ten accused, the five firms — JSPL, Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Infraenergy Ltd (formerly known as GSIPL), Sowbhagya Media Ltd and New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd – were also summoned as accused by the court.