Monday, October 21, 2013

CBI set to file coal scam report to Supreme Court

The CBI is likely to file its status report in the coal scam before the Supreme Court on Tuesday stating details of its 14th FIR against Hindalco and others, and also progress in the remaining 13 cases.

Highly-placed sources said the Supreme Court would be given the details of a fresh FIR filed against Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, Hindalco and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh.

They said the status of the probe in the remaining matters - including those in which investigation has been completed - will be conveyed to the apex court on October 22.

The CBI has registered 14 FIRs so far in connection with alleged graft in the allocation of coal blocks, in which AMR Iron and Steel, JLD Yavatmal Energy, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog, JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd, Vikash Metals, Grace Industries, Gagan Sponge, Jindal Steel and Power, Rathi Steel and Power Ltd, Jharkhand Ispat, Green Infrastructure, Kamal Sponge, Pushp Steel and Hindalco have been named as accused.

The agency will also give a status report on the preliminary enquiry it registered in connection with the missing files, the sources said.

The Supreme Court is monitoring the probe in the coal block allocation scam to restore the larger public interest and confidence of the people into a case of this magnitude.

The court is scrutinising coal block allocation since 1993 on three PILs, seeking cancellation of blocks on the grounds that rules were flouted in giving away the natural resources, and that certain companies were favoured in this process.

In a recent hearing, the Supreme Court issued notices to seven coal mining states - Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal - ordering them to explain the allocation policies they adopted by October 29.
By Mail Today Bureau
PUBLISHED: 22:34 GMT, 20 October 2013 | UPDATED: 22:34 GMT, 20 October 2013
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