Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should explain to Parliament and the people how such a huge scam in coal block allocation had taken place, said Prakash Karat, general secretary, Community Party of India (Marxist), at a function held here in Coimbatore on Friday.

CAG findings

He was speaking about the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General, who had estimated that the Central government had lost close to Rs.1.86 lakh crore because of the delay in implementing competitive bidding process in allotting coal blocks to private companies.

Dr. Singh owes an explanation because he had held the coal portfolio for around three years – the period when the government suffered the loss.

He should also say if those found guilty would be sent to jail, just as it happened to those in the 2G spectrum scam.

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