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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 19, 2013
Opposition parties raised their voice further over reports of missing coal block files, alleging a controversy to save Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the coal block allocation scam. They also demanded a statement from the PM or coal minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal. Responding to the demand, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla assured the Upper House of Jaiswal making a statement soon. The coal block scam pertains to the allocation of coal blocks without auction at a time when the government was mulling a law to provide for auction to deny “windfall gains” to allottees and garner revenue. The allocations were made by screening committees comprising central and state officials.

Raising the issue, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dharmendra Pradhan said, “There are three powerful targets of investigation and suddenly the files are missing... the government must respond to this.”

The CPI(M) too demanded an explanation from the government on the matter. “At least 60 files are reportedly missing. Many agencies, including the PMO, have been involved (in the files),” CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said.