The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered two cases in connection with the alleged supply of low quality imported Indonesian coal to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and NTPC-SAIL Power Corporation Limited (NSPCL) by a private company in conspiracy with certain power plant officials, causing huge losses to the exchequer.
The first case has been registered against the then additional general manager, A.K. Srivastava, and the deputy manager, Uma Shankar Verma, of the NTPC power plant lab in Unchahar near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Among the others named are Indore-based private company Bhatia International Limited presently known as Asian Natural Resources India Limited; Singapore-based company Bhatia International Limited; P.T. Mitra, S.K. Analisa Testama of Jakarta in Indonesia, its Kolkata subsidiary S.K. Mitra Private Limited. A chemist, Chandra Prakash Yadav, with the Kolkata-based firm has also been booked along with other unknown persons.
According to the agency, the accused entered into a conspiracy during 2011-13 to supply inferior quality non-cooking coal of Indonesian origin to NTPC, showing on papers that it was of good quality. The coal was procured from Indonesia by the Singapore-based company, in coordination with the overseas supplier and sister concern of the Indore-based group of companies.
Thereafter, the said inferior quality coal of gross calorific value, far less than technical specifications of the agreement, was brought to India in different vessels and supplied to NTPC.