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Coal Scam Case: Former NDA Minister Dilip Ray Convicted On Tuesday

Former Union minister Dilip Ray was on Tuesday convicted by a special court in a coal scam case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999. Special Judge Bharat Parashar convicted Ray, former minister of state (coal) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, for criminal conspiracy and other offences. The court also convicted two senior officials of the Ministry of Coal at that time, Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL), its director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Mining Ltd (CML). The case pertains to allocation of Brahmadiha coal block in Giridih in Jharkhand to CTL in 1999.

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