In the ongoing probe in coal scam, the CBI has examined ex-Union minister of state for coal in the UPA 1 government Santosh Bagrodia over allegations that during his stint he had been informed about misrepresentations and concealments by the Nagpur-based AMR Iron & Steel Pvt Ltd (AMR) in its application form but let it through.
The alleged role of Bagrodia, a former Rajya Sabha member, was stated in an FIR filed by the CBI on September 3, 2012.
According to the FIR, in a meeting held in his office chamber on September 18, 2008, which was attended by Bagrodia and a senior AMR representative, the latter had allegedly admitted about the firm’s concealments and misrepresentations in its application form on facts related to its equity profile and prior allocation of five coal blocks to a group company though such a disclosure was mandatory.
Despite this, AMR was given the letter of allocation of Bander coal block in Maharashtra by the ministry on May 29, 2009.
The FIR did not name Bagrodia as an accused.
“We have examined Bagrodia in connection with alleged misrepresentations done by AMR and about what had transpired in the September 2008 meeting held at his office chamber,” a CBI source told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity.
Despite attempts, HT could not contact Bagrodia for his response.
BJP seeks SIT probe
Reports about alleged tweaking of a CBI status report to the Supreme Court on the coal scam are set to raise temperatures in the budget session, making it difficult for the government to conduct key legislative business.
“This is a big issue which would be raised in the coming session of Parliament,” Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday. Parliament meets again on April 22 after recess.
The BJP demanded a Special Investigation Team probe into the allocations. The saffron party labeled the UPA a “rogue government”.
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said: “This is now conclusive that the farce of being autonomous which CBI had maintained has been demolished.”