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SC issues notice to CBI and Central Government in matter related to West Bengal Coal Mining Scam

Lawstreet Journal 24 Feb 2021 7:28pm

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The apex court of the country has issued notice to CBI and Central Government in a matter related to West Bengal Coal Mining Scam.

The notices were issued on Monday (February 22, 2021) when the Supreme court was considering a plea filed by one of the accused in the West Bengal Coal Mining Scam. The plea was filed challenging an order by a Single Judge Bench of Calcutta High Court. The said order allowed CBI to investigate the West Bengal Coal Scam within the 'Railway area' of the State.

The alleged scam involves illegal mining of coal from mining areas in the state of West Bengal. The mined coal was later transported using the Railways. The involvement of officers of the Eastern Coalfield Limited, Railways, C.I.S.F. and some other private persons are being probed by CBI. 

An FIR has been registered by CBI for offences of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust by public servants and criminal misconduct by public servants by dishonestly or fraudulently misappropriating the property entrusted to them or any property under their control as public servants or allowing other persons to do so.

Back in 2018, the West Bengal government had withdrawn the general consent given to CBI to investigate offences that happen within the state. Consent of the state government is mandatory for the CBI to file FIR and investigate cases within a state according to Section 6 of the Delhi Police Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.  Now CBI is supposed to seek the consent of the State Government… Continue Reading...

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