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Coalgate: BJP set to raise missing files issue in LS

Agencies  New Delhi, August 19, 2013
First Published: 08:55 IST(19/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:40 IST(19/8/2013)

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has said he will raise the issue of missing files relating to coal scam in Lok Sabha on Monday.

"We'll not tolerate the issue of missing files in the coalgate. I'll raise the issue again on Monday on the floor (of Lok Sabha)," Sinha told reporters in Hazaribagh.

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The BJP MP from Hazaribagh termed as "mysterious" the missing of files and demanded that CBI, which has investigated the scam, should probe the matter.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar on Sunday accused the ruling Congress party of covering up the facts of the Coalgate scam, in an attempt to shield Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"As far as the Coalgate is concerned, the government's intention is always suspect. It wants to hide the facts from the CBI enquiry because, first of all, they never wanted CBI to enquire. So, they now want to foil the CBI enquiry and, in that effort, they are hiding facts from the CBI," Javadekar said.

"Now, they are giving alibis that some files are untraceable, some files are missing, some files are misplaced. All this is humbug, this is intentional and the government can retrieve the files. This is an effort for a massive cover-up to save the Prime Minister," he added.

Union coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal added that the coal ministry has given 768 files to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the investigation was still in process.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation stated that nearly 150 coalfields were allotted to private and state-run firms without transparency and objectivity between 2005 and 2009.

However, the Prime Minister had rejected the CAG's observations as "misleading" and "flawed", and blamed the opposition parties for thwarting the efforts of his government to bring a policy of competitive bidding.


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