The CBI has grilled a few coal ministry officials working with the departments that were custodians of the files -- related to coal block allocations during 1993-2005 — found missing.
The officials were grilled on Monday and Tuesday, said a CBI source. “We have begun questioning coal officials who are or were working with administrative sections that were the custodians of files related to coal block allocation work during 1993 to 2009. We are examining the movement of such files, since a written record was kept on this, to zero in on those from whose possession they went missing,” said the source.
The source said, “The custodian of such files during 2006 to 2009 is the coal allocation (CA) –1 section, while the custodian of such files during 2003 to 2005 was the coal allocation (CA) section. It were the coal projects appraisal (CPA) and coal projects appraisal and monitoring (CPAM) sections that were the custodians during 1993 to 2002.”
“We are ascertaining if files went missing at the behest of some interested persons as part of a conspiracy. Once we find evidence, the agency will file cases and book officials found responsible in making the files disappear,” said the source.
The agency began grilling these officials as part of two Preliminary Enquiries it lodged last week to probe how and when around 18 files related to coal block allocations during 1993 to 2006 went missing.
SC pulls up Centre
new delhi: SC on Tuesday censured the government for filing an“improper” affidavit on the issue of allocation of coal blocks. The court’s observations came on the Centre’s latest affidavit in which the government admitted allocating 5 coal blocks belonging to CIL to private firms. A special bench said: “You have filed this affidavit mentioning what time your officers came to Delhi. Are we your disciplinary authority?” HTC