Learn from ex-minister Dilip Ray who got a jail term in Coal scam and bail the same day, skipping jail term
Ex-minister, Odisha Hotelier cum politician is a ‘resourceful’ man. Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government Dilip Ray got a three-year jail term in the Coal scam but in the same vein, he got bail. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court October 26 granted bail to Ray and other individuals, convicted in a Jharkhand coal scam case, on a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh each.
Ray was Minister of State (coal) in the NDA government was granted them time till November 25 to appeal in the High Court. The CBI court sentenced Ray to three years imprisonment in a coal scam case pertaining to the alleged irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999.
Known as a “low-profile but highly resourceful man” in his inner circles, Dilip Ray’s rise in Odisha’s political scene had been steep and fast, backed to a certain extent by the late Biju Patnaik. His transition from hospitality to politics was smooth, largely because of his family links.
From Janata Dal in the 1990s to the BJD, Congress and BJP , he had friends across the political spectrum, based largely on mutual interests, Ray is a “low-profile but highly resourceful man”.