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Coal rip-off case: Delhi HC declines to remain conviction of former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda

Koda was held responsible of corruption and conspiracy, by a trial court docket in 2017, in allocation of a Jharkhand-based coal block to Kolkata-based firm Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL). (File picture)

The Delhi High Court Friday declined to remain the conviction of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda in a coal rip-off saying it won’t be apt to facilitate him to contest polls for any public workplace, until he’s lastly acquitted.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru mentioned the broader opinion was that individuals charged with crimes must be disqualified from contesting elections to public places of work and due to this fact, it could not be apt to remain Koda’s conviction to beat the disqualification incurred by him.

Koda had moved the plea for keep of conviction to contest within the 2019 Jharkhand state meeting polls and the excessive court docket had reserved its verdict on his utility on March 19.

“It would not be apposite to facilitate the appellant to contest elections for any public office, till he is finally acquitted,” the court docket mentioned.

Koda was held responsible of corruption and conspiracy, by a trial court docket in 2017, in allocation of a Jharkhand-based coal block to Kolkata-based firm Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL).

Senior advocate R S Cheema and advocate Tarannum Cheema, showing for CBI, had opposed his plea for keep of conviction.

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