By Inder Vashisth
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested seven accused including then two GMs, then Chief Manager (Security), then Project Officer, then Manager (Security), then two Security Sub Inspectors of Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (ECL) in an on-going investigation of a case.
A case was registered on 27.11.2020 on the allegations that the public servants of ECL including security personnel, private person and unknown officials including of CISF, Railway, other departments & unknown others entered into conspiracy during May, 2020 & onwards and in pursuance of the said conspiracy, they fraudulently misappropriated coal from the coal reserve of leasehold areas under the dominion of ECL and also from the coal stock parked in the Railway sidings for sale and supply. It was further alleged that the said accused had obtained undue advantage in the form of huge and regular cash amount as bribe from said private person and facilitated misappropriation of coal from ECL leasehold area & corresponding railway siding and thereby extended undue protection & patronage to the illegal coal syndicate being run by the said private person.
Earlier, CBI had also conducted searches at various places including in the States of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar & UP etc. at the premises of accused.
All the arrested accused were produced before the Special Court at Asansol (West Bengal) on Thursday and were remanded to five days Police Custody.
Name of the arrested accused:-
I. Tanmay Das, the then Chief Manager/HOD(Security), ECL HQ (Now retired as GM Security, MCL Singrauli);
II. Debashis Mukherjee, the then Security Sub-Inspector, ECL Kajora/Jhanjra area (Now working as Security Inspector ECL Jhanjra);
III. Sushanta Banerjee, the then GM Satgram Area ECL (Now retired as GM, ECL Satgram);
IV. Subhas Chandra Moitra, the then Project Officer, Nimcha Group of Mines, Satgram Area ECL (Now working as GM, ECL Satgram Area);
V. Mukesh Kumar, the then Manager(Security) ECL HQ, Sanctoria (Now working as Manager Security, Central Hospital Kalla);
VI. Rinku Behera, the then Security Sub-Inspector, Satgram Area ECL (Now working as Security Inspector MCL Sambalpur);
VII. Abhijit Mallik, the then GM, Satgram Area ECL (Now retired as GM, ECL Satgram)