The CBI may convert its preliminary enquiry dealing with the alleged diversion of forest land for plants of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd and JSW Steel into FIRs and may examine former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan in this regard.
According to CBI sources, once the FIRs are registered, clarifications may be sought from Natarajan in the matter.
It is alleged that the environment ministry had changed its position a number of times before the land was cleared in 2013. The preliminary enquiry has been initiated against unknown officials for alleged irregularities in the diversion of Saranda forest land in Jharkhand between 2007 and 2013.
The agency sleuths are examining records of the state and central government at the moment.
Sources said that diversion of the land is in alleged violation of the laid-down norms. The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), which comes under environment ministry, allegedly ignored the fact that there was no wildlife management plan for the forest.