Monday, February 17, 2014

Coalgate: CBI’s chargesheet may not cite loss figure

New Delhi: While the Comptroller and Auditor General had claimed that alleged irregularities in coal block allocations caused a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the exchequer, the CBI is unlikely to mention any loss figure in its first set of chargesheets to be filed soon.

According to sources, the agency will restrict its chargesheets to explaining how there were misrepresentation of facts, tweaking of norms and undue favours shown to private companies while allocating captive coal blocks.

Agency officials said the Supreme Court would also be informed about the chargesheets on the next hearing on March 10 but there would be no mention of loss in the status report as well. A senior officer said, “We have not been asked so far to look into the losses.”

Officials said it was found that work was either not started in some of the captive coal blocks or mining was done for purposes other than mentioned in the applications.

Sources said the agency’s FIRs were in individual cases and losses in all coal block allocations between 2004 and 2009 and 1993 to 2004 and a wider probe may take time.

The agency has concluded investigations in six cases in the coal block allocation scam and chargesheets will be filed against companies including AMR Iron and Steel, JLD Yavatmal Energy, JAS Infrastructure, Navbharat Power and a few others, said sources. Officials said investigations were over and the CBI director was expected to give final approval on the chargesheets soon.

The chargesheets will be filed on allocations between 2006 and 2009, in which the agency had registered the first set of FIRs in 2012.

The CBI, in its next status report to the apex court, will also inform about close to 40 allocations since 1993 in which it did not find any irregularities, sources said.

CBI sources said their investigation into three private companies — AMR, JLD and JAS — and three others were complete after interrogation of several persons, collection of documents from the companies and various ministries. The agency had claimed in the past that the allocations were dubious and were done in connivance with government officials.

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Neeraj Chauhan TNN

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