Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CBI launches probe into missing Coalgate files

New Delhi: The CBI on Friday launched probe into the disappearance of Coalgate files by registering two preliminary enquiries (PE) as the possible prelude to the lodging of FIRs in the case. The move has again trained the spotlight on the role of the PMO in the allocation of coal blocks to big corporate houses and others.

The two PEs, one related to files of 1993 to 2005 period and another 2006 to 2009 period, are aimed at looking for crucial documents and punish those behind scuttling the Supreme Court-monitored probe. PM Manmohan Singh had held the charge of coal ministry between 2006-2009. CBI director Ranjit Sinha told TOI: “We have registered two preliminary enquiries so that we look for files of both the periods separately on our own.” The CBI’s formal probe is expected to goad the coal ministry officials into sharing with investigators what they might know about the circumstances in which the files went missing.

Coal ministry officials have told the CBI that some of the missing files were never available in the ministry. The agency decided to split its enquiry in two parts — files relating to allocations done during the period spanning from 2006-09 in which the CBI has registered 13 FIRs so far, and files related to the period between 1993 and 2005 in which no FIR has been registered, the sources said.
Neeraj Chauhan TNN

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