However, the ministry's own records say otherwise: In the July 16 meeting of the ministry's high-level committee, which was set up to review and examine the issue of missing files, when the question of "copies of all applications received for 45 coal blocks allocated from 1993-2005" being sought by the CBI was raised it held that "director (administration), ministry of coal, has been requested on May 9, 2013, to trace the records. The same may be expedited." Advocacy group Greenpeace India's researcher Sunil Dahiya had sought the information via RTI.
Reddy also said in his reply, "files, documents along with annexure, in original," pertaining to 1,422 applications received for 38 coal blocks" after an advertisement was issued in 2006 "are in the custody" of the CBI. However, according to a source, among the records the agency is still awaiting from the ministry include 19 applications, including 157 applications of private companies.