The central government has rejected a request of the CBI to question former coal secretary HC Gupta — now a member of Competition Commission of India— as part of its probe into alleged irregularities related to coal blocks allocation scam.
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs rejected the agency’s request last week despite the latter’s assertion that examining Gupta — who was the coal secretary between 2006 and 2009, a period under its coal scam probe examination— was essential. The agency will now inform the court about the decision of the government for not allowing Gupta, a 1971 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, to be questioned to seek further directives, said a CBI source. Gupta could not be contacted.
The agency has so far registered 11 FIR s related to alleged irregularities in the allotment of coal blocks between 2006 and 2009. During this period, 68 coal blocks were allotted to 151 private firms.