A special CBI court on Monday granted interim bail to all five fresh accused in the Coal scam case till 4 May .
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 24 March had charged Jindal Steel's adviser Anand Goel and four others involved in the coal block allocation scam case.
Apart from Goel, Gurgaon-based Green Infra's vice president Siddharth Madra, Mumbai-based KE International's Chief Financial Officer Rajeev Aggarwal, Nihar Stocks Limited Director BSN Suryanarayan and Mumbai's Essar Power Limited Executive Vice Chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo were also chargesheeted by the CBI.
A special CBI court on 30 April, 2016, charged Naveen Jindal with criminal conspiracy in a case of inappropriate allocation of the Amarkonda coal block in Jharkhand. The court had also framed similar charges against the former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and former Coal Secretary HC Gupta.
The CBI had alleged that Madhu Koda had favoured Jindal group firms — Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL) — while allocating coal blocks in Jharkhand. It filed a chargesheet against Jindal, Koda, Rao and Gupta in April 2015.
The others accused in the case include Jindal Realty Director Rajeev Jain, Gagan Sponge Directors Girish Kumar Juneja and RK Saraf and Sowbhagya Media's Managing Director K Ramakrishna.
(With inputs from agencies)