Graph: Total number of corruption cases investigated in India in 2021, by state, Manya Rathore
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Former Indian MP and coal officials sentenced to prison terms: Vijay Darda, a former MP from the Congress party in India’s upper house, his son Devender Darda and JLD Yavatmal Energy director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal have all been sentenced to four years imprisonment over irregularities in the allocation of the Fatehpur (East) coal block in Chhattisgarh. The former Secretary of Coal, HC Gupta, and two other senior public servants were sentenced to three years in prison. The six were convicted on charges under the Indian Penal Code on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating, and breaching the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. A little over a decade ago, civil society groups and public interest lawyers raised concerns over the legality of coal block allocations to private and government-owned businesses. The Supreme Court overturned the allocation of 194 coal blocks between 2004 and 2009. A 2012 Comptroller and Auditor General report identified that granting coal blocks had not been done transparently to ensure the best return to the public.