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Coal Ministry hands over 730 files to CBI

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The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing irregularities in the use of coal blocks allotted to private companies between 2006 and 2009.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing irregularities in the use of coal blocks allotted to private companies between 2006 and 2009.

The Coal Ministry has handed over about 730 files to CBI for probe in the coalgate case and is prepared to give more.

“We have handed over about 730 files and folders and application forms to the Central Bureau of Investigation. We have another 10 files and documents with us which we have asked the CBI to collect it from us,” a Coal Ministry official said.

The Ministry of Coal had on Tuesday faced the ire of the Supreme Court over its non-cooperation with CBI in the coalgate scam probe by not giving crucial documents.

The official also said the Coal Ministry has found 25 out of the 28 files which were non-traceable and prior to 2004. These 25 files also fall in the list of 730.

“Maximum efforts are being made to search the files. The efforts are still on and we have been given strict instructions to provide maximum help to the CBI,” the official said.

Last month, the Minister of State for Coal, Pratik Prakashbapu Patil, had said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha that the CBI after registering preliminary enquiries (PEs) has since requisitioned files and documents in original from the Coal Ministry.

He had also said some of the old files primarily to the applications received prior to 2004 are not readily available in the Ministry. However, efforts are being made to make them available by writing to Coal India, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) and Ministry of Steel.

“A team from the Ministry of Coal also visited CMPDI and recently has collected old applications... which are also kept ready for handing over to CBI.

He had also said that all possible efforts are made to make available all the required documents and there is regular interaction with the CBI on all such issues.

The apex court was pained as the Ministry, whose senior official was named as one of the persons with whom CBI shared its draft status report, was running away from providing information to the agency.

The bench, also comprising justices Madan B. Lokur and Kurien Joseph, said there were certain issues which actually need to be clarified.

“Totally incomplete information was given by the ministry and not what CBI requisitioned,” the bench said, adding the list of officers entrusted with the application and their reports on allocation requested by CBI from the Ministry were not furnished.

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It is good coal ministry handed over 730 files to CBI for detailed study and submit report to the Apex court directly without showing to any politicians. In India it is only the politicians who are expected to be role models to citizens themselves act as corrupt. This is why there is great rush for political posts and bribes are given to citizens to vote for them. This we are reading daily in the papers as this is election season for Karnataka and some more states. This allows growth of black money and increase in cost of living

from:  B S GANESH
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 20:55 IST

The demand by Indian voting public for making CBI independent is getting justified by recent Hon Supreme Court's displeasure on Colgate scam issue.Punishment has disappeared from executive. Law and Hon Courts have become only source of hope.Change of guard at center or state is not changing the good work to be done by executive.let our authorities take note of this.

from:  pandharpurkar tilak sharma
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 19:44 IST

Let the investigations begin! But by whom and according to which code of

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 19:03 IST
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