A special court on Friday framed charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy against former Coal Secy HC Gupta and five others in coal block allocation case.

The court has also framed charges against former joint secretary in the Coal Ministry, KS Kropha, and the then Director (CA-I) in the ministry, KC Samria, according to media reports.

Vikash Metals and Power Ltd and its two officials have also been charged by the court.