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Bengal 'coal scam': Key accused Lala surrenders before CBI court, gets bail

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Kolkata, May 14 (PTI) Anup Majhi, one of the prime suspects in an alleged multi-crore coal pilferage scam in West Bengal, surrendered before a CBI court in Asansol on Tuesday.

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Majhi alias Lala had been absconding for quite some time, he said.

“He surrendered before a special court in Asansol this morning,” a CBI official told PTI.

Majhi applied for bail and was granted one on the condition that he could not travel outside his native place Purulia.

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The alleged scam pertains to mines in West Bengal’s Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and around Asansol.

The Supreme Court had earlier granted interim protection from arrest to Majhi on condition that he would cooperate in the investigation.

The CBI, which started its investigation in 2020, is scheduled to file the chargesheet in the case on May 21, the official said.

Four people, including Gurupada Majhi, known to be Lala's accomplice, were earlier arrested in connection with the alleged scam.

Gurupada is lodged in Tihar Jail while three others are out on bail. PTI SCH RBT NN

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