The CBI is expected to submit to the Supreme Court a sealed status report on developments in the probe into alleged irregularities in coal blocks allocation between 1993 and 2009, on Monday. In the ongoing court-monitored probe, the agency has so far registered 16 regular cases accusing several private companies, their directors and unknown government servants of entering into a conspiracy by extending undue favours, cheating and misrepresenting facts to obtain coal blocks. In most cases, the agency found that the companies had not even begun mining.
The Centre earlier this week conceded before the Court that “in hindsight, we can say something has gone wrong, and some correction is required to be done”, and Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati submitted that the government would apprise the Court of its decision on the matter in a week. The A-G is learnt to have recommended to the government that coal blocks allocated to private companies post-2005 be cancelled, in case the requisite mining licences have been not issued to them. Among prominent persons accused in the coal block cases are Congress MPs Vijay Darda and Naveen Jindal, former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayana Rao, Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh.