Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Friday informed the Rajya Sabha that seven files, 173 applications and nine other documents pertaining to coal block allocations were not traceable and efforts were on to locate them.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was expected to intervene in the debate, was present in the House when Jaiswal made his statement. Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said he was “hurt and pained at the development.”
He said the Prime Minister was in the House “despite having meetings with international dignitary”. The coal ministry has given nearly 769 files and documents in original, running into 1,50,000 pages in aggregate to CBI, Jaiswal said, amid din in the House.