Coalgate: CBI seeks prosecution of an IAS officer

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Probing corruption charges against officials of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) in the coal block allocation scam, the CBI has sought the government’s approval to prosecute a 1985 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, Yogendra Tripathi.

Tripathi is currently chairman-cum-managing director of Food Corporation of India (FCI) at the Centre and was the managing director of state-government run KPCL between October 2010 and February 2012.

KPCL, which is headed by chief minister Siddaramaiah, is under CBI investigation for allegedly ignoring joint venture conditions to give pecuniary gains to private partners after the corporation was allocated six coal blocks-—Kiloni, Manora Deep, and Baranj I-IV in 2003.

The agency had registered an FIR in 2015 under the prevention of corruption act and cheating to probe the role of unknown officials of KPCL, unknown officials of Karnataka EMTA coal Mine Limited, Bangalore, and erstwhile Gupta Coal Fields and Washeries Limited (now known as Gupta Global Resources Pvt Limited).

Sources say the prosecution sanction request has been sent to the department of personnel and training (DoPT).

The DOPT has reportedly sought comments from the Karnataka government in the matter since Tripathi belongs to the Karnataka cadre. The state government is learnt to have conveyed that no case is made out against Tripathi.

However, DoPT and CVC are further examining the matter before a decision is taken, said sources.

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