SC judge recuses himself from hearing Naveen Jindal’s plea in coalscam case
Jindal, along with several others, was chargesheeted by CBI in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block
Supreme Court judge, Justice L Nageswara Rao, on Friday recused himself from hearing Naveen Jindal’s, Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power, plea challenging framing of charges against him in a coal block allocation scam case.
Rao reportedly recused himself from hearing the matter when the petition came up for hearing before the SC bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and L Nageswara Rao. Rao directed it to be listed before an appropriate bench of which he is not part, PTI reported.
Jindal, along with several others, was chargesheeted by CBI in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block.
On November 18, a bench of Justices J S Khehar and R Banumathi had passed a recusal order while listing the plea after two weeks.
However, the bench did not make it clear as to which of the two judges wanted to recuse himself from the hearing the matter.
Besides Jindal Steel and Power chairman, several other accused in separate coal scam cases have moved the SC challenging framing of charges against them.
A special court had earlier framed charges against Jindal and others, including former minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao and ex-Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, in the Jharkhand’s Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block allocation case, the news agency said.
In November, Justice L Nageswara Rao had recused himself from hearing Delhi government's appeals against the High Court verdict which held that Lieutenant Governor was the administrative head in the state.
Justice Rao said he cannot hear the case and posted the matter for further hearing on November 25.