Coal Scam Case: Meghalaya Govt to wait for Court's final sentence before deciding on new CS

SHILLONG, May 19: Hours after the CBI special court convicted the then Coal Ministry Joint Secretary, KS Kropha, who is the present chief secretary of Meghalaya, along with two other top bureaucrats – Ex- Coal secretary, HC Gupta and Director K C Samaria in a Coal Scam Case, the Meghalaya government on Friday maintained that it will wait for the order on quantum of sentence to be pronounced before taking any necessary steps.

“We will wait for the final sentence from the CBI, then we will take necessary steps on how to how about it,” Meghalaya cabinet minister Prestone Tynsong said.

The court will pronounce the order on quantum of sentence on May 22.

“We have to see what are the terms and condition , what is the spirit of sentence we don’t know,” he said adding, “ yes we respect the agency who did the details inquiry.”

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Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar convicted HC Gupta,  K S Kropha and then director K C Samaria besides others in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL.

When asked about the procedures to be followed in such situation, Tynsong said “Be it at the CS level or the peon level, we have normal procedures adopted by the government. If the CS is dropped from the post, then the senior most officer will be taking his place and then the functioning of the state government will continue. There is no question of disruption of miscommunication.”

When asked whether this verdict will affect the functioning of the state government, the minister said “I don’t see any ramification; this is the case in the ministry not in the state departments. So we have nothing to say or comment on this.”

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