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CBI will finally give Parakh clean chit: Vinod Rai

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 15, 2014
First Published: 00:26 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 00:29 IST(15/4/2014)

Former coal secretary PC Parakh, who was named as an accused in one of the coal block allocation scam cases by the CBI, would eventually get a clean chit from the agency, according to former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai.

Rai, whose speech was read in absentia at Parakh’s book (Crusader or Conspirator---Coalgate and Other Truths) launch on Monday in the city, said he had perused all files of the coal ministry and there was no criminal intent involved on the part of Parakh in the allocation of Odisha’s Talabira II coal block to a private firm that is being investigated by the CBI.

"The big fish invariably get away scot-free and the sincere few are harassed. However, I still have trust in the system.

I am very sanguine that after the CBI have made their regular and routine enquiry, they will come to the conclusion that no criminal intent could be heaped on the door of Parakh," said Rai, adding, "As secretary in the ministry of coal, to have recognised as early as in May of 2004 that allocation of coal was leading to undeserved gains by a select few, is indeed remarkable..."

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