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[DailyPioneer] Contractor BK Lala to turn Govt approver

The alleged ‘Essar protection money case’ headed for some revealing turns on Tuesday with the main accused BK Lala, Bastar based contractor who allegedly delivered money to Maoists, willing to turn approver if the Government granted him immunity in the case.

Lala, who is already out on bail, on Tuesday filed an application in the court of Additional District Judge (ADJ), Dantewada, offering to become Government approver. BK Lala and journalist-turned-activist Lingaram Kodopi, a tribal youth, were held on September 10 last year from Palnar village weekly market when Lingaram Kodopi was allegedly receiving `15 lakh from BK Lala. The money was reportedly intended to be delivered to two Maoists Raghu and Vinod belonging to Darbha divisional committee of CPI-ML. Later, Essar general manager DVCS Verma was also arrested on charges of paying protection money to Red insurgents for allowing the company reopen its 267-km long iron ore slurry pipeline running from Kirandul in Dantewada of Chhattisgarh to Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh as the Maoists blew it up at several places.

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[Zee-News] Payment to Naxals: Chargesheet against Essar GM, 5 others

Raipur: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Chhattisgarh Police Tuesday filed a chargesheet against six persons, including the general manager of Essar Group, in the case of alleged payment to Naxals at a court here.

SIT officials told media that the chargesheet was filed in the court of magistrate Yogita Wasnik against Essar GM DBCS Verma, Essar contractor B K Lala, and two Naxals.

A local person called Lingaram Kodopi and teacher Soni Sodhi also figure in the chargesheet.

Next hearing in the case will be on March 13.

In September last year, police had recovered Rs 15 lakh from B K Lala and Kodopi.

According to police, the money was meant for Naxals.

Verma and Lala had been arrested and later given bail, while Lingaram and Soni are still in jail. The remaining two are absconding.

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[The Hindu] ‘Essar Accused Remand Extended Without due Process’

Note: B.K. Lala was arrested and charged along with Lingaram Kodopi last year.

The Chhattisgarh High Court at Bilaspur on Thursday directed a Dantewada court to reconsider a bail application filed by B.K. Lala, a construction contractor accused to ferrying ‘protection money’ between the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Essar group, a steel and shipping company with mining interests in Chhattisgarh.

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The High Court considered a writ petition alleging that a Judicial Magistrate First Class [JMFC] court in Dantewada extended Mr. Lala’s remand beyond the legally stipulated period of 90 days without hearing the accused. “Under section 167 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the police must file a charge sheet against the accused within 90 days of arrest, failing which the accused has the right to bail,” said Manish Sharma, Mr. Lala’s lawyer.

“Under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, the police can take up to 180 days to file a charge sheet but only after the accused is given a hearing. In our case, we filed an application for bail on December 10, only to be told that — behind my back — the JMFC court has already extended the remand and rejected my application,” Mr. Sharma said.

The High Court order directed the JMFC court to give Mr. Lala a hearing before deciding to extend his period of judicial remand while the police file their charge sheet.

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