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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed a trial court order awarding a three-year jail term to former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda in a coal scam case till January 22, by when it has also sought response of the CBI on his appeal challenging the conviction and sentence.

Justice Anu Malhotra also stayed the order imposing a fine of ₹25 lakh on Koda, who was present in the court, and granted him interim bail till the next date of hearing this month with a direction that he will not leave the country.

The order came on Koda’s plea seeking suspension of sentence and regular bail till pendency of his appeal before the high court.

Koda, who was held guilty of corruption and conspiracy in allocation of a Jharkhand-based coal block to Kolkata-based company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL), also challenged the



December 13 and 16, 2017 orders of conviction and sentence respectively, which was admitted by the High Court.

The former Chief Minister was granted bail by a trial court till January 18.

In his appeal, Koda said the trial court order holding him guilty was bad in law.

The appeal and stay on the fine was opposed by CBI counsel Tarannum Cheema. The agency, however, did not oppose interim bail granted to Koda till January 22.

The High Court had on December 22, 2017 stayed a trial court order imposing a fine of ₹50 lakh on VISUL in the case till the next date of hearing.

The High Court on December 20 had sought response of the CBI on an appeal by Koda’s close aide Vijay Joshi against the trial court’s order awarding him three years jail term in the coal scam case.

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