A special court on Thursday ordered framing of charges against former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and five others in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of coal block in Madhya Pradesh.
Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar ordered to put these six accused on trial for the alleged offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lVcBn4UAhgwmJsdUwWrCBN/Coal-scam-Excoal-secretary-five-others-ordered-to-be-put.html
Discuss the issue of the responsibility of the public servant for their official decisions. What should be the stand on claims of 'honest mistakes' by public servants that have led to huge losses to the public exchequer?