Some Coal Ministry officials have been quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the missing coal block allocation files.

Having registered two preliminary enquiries in the matter, the CBI summoned the Coal Ministry officials who had dealt with the file, which have now disappeared mysteriously. Some of the officials produced themselves before the agency for clarifications, whereas some are yet to be examined.

The CBI is probing the disappearance to ascertain whether the files were deliberately removed to destroy evidence.

The preliminary enquiries have been registered for the periods 1993-2005 and 2006-09 in connection with the missing files which pertain to crucial minutes of the 25 and the 26 screening committees that recommended coal block allocations. Some of the files related to the applications made by certain top corporate houses to which coal blocks were allotted.

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