Coalgate gets murkier as more files go missing

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  1. parijataka

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    Case will be closed after 25 years for lack of evidence after all the chors are dead or senile !

    Coalgate gets murkier as more files go missing

    Officials could not find the records of the recommendation made by Cong MP Darda

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    There could be huge embarrassment in store for the UPA II government as sensational disclosures in Coalgate have surfaced. It has now come to light that not only files and records of applications for 45 coal blocks allocated from 1993 to 2005 are untraceable but also recommendations made by Congress MP Vijay Darda and forwarded by the Prime Minister’s Office for the Bander block have gone missing.

    In addition, records of 157 private companies which applied for but were not allocated blocks are missing. A number of records and documents pertaining to meetings of the Screening Committee are also missing, it was revealed at a meeting of the Search Committee constituted by the Centre following a Supreme Court directive to furnish all missing records and files to the CBI.

    According to the minutes of the Search Committee meeting held on July 16 and issued on July 29, which are accessed by The Hindu, officials could not find the records of the recommendation made by Mr. Darda and forwarded by the PMO for the Bander block allocated to AMR Iron and Steel Ltd.

    In connection with Coalgate, the CBI raided Mr. Darda and registered a case against him last year.

    “The CBI may be informed of the missing records and the PMO requested to provide a copy of the PMO reference to the Ministry of Coal,” the meeting chaired by the Joint Secretary (Coal) decided.

    During the meeting, it was revealed that copies of all applications and related papers received for the 45 blocks allocated from 1993 to 2005 were untraceable. This period pertains to the pre-advertisement era when there was no cut-off date for making applications.

    The Director (Administration), Ministry of Coal, who has been entrusted with tracing these records, has been unable to do so. In the case of 157 missing applications of the private companies, it was decided that all Ministries/departments, Coal India Limited and Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited be asked to trace these records.

    Access to records of the Screening Committee and the applications of the private companies is important in the chain of events as it will give an insight into the reasons for allotment or non-allotment of the blocks. The Coalgate probe is being monitored by the Supreme Court and inability to provide the missing records or files to the CBI could impact the process of investigations. It has been revealed that the final minutes of the 26th Screening Committee meeting held on May 1, 2005 were also missing. Both CIL and CMPDI were asked to locate the records. While CMPDI has said that it does not have the copy of the minutes, CIL is yet to reply.
     
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  4. parijataka

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    Daily Mail of UK has some good coverage of India.

    CBI chief Sinha warns Coalgate probe will suffer after mysterious disappearance of key files on Congress cronies

    CBI director Ranjit Sinha on Monday told Mail Today he would inform the Supreme Court on August 27 about the status of the Coalgate scam investigation - and key files related to the probe reportedly going missing - and seek directions.
    CBI sources, meanwhile, told Mail Today that many files are reportedly missing, including those on big players linked to the Congress party. If the files cannot be found, the case being built by the CBI might collapse for want of evidence and powerful people, in this scenario, would be let off the hook.
    The CBI chief admitted that the "missing files will be a big set-back to the Coalgate investigation".
    In an exclusive interview, he said: "We have not been intimated officially on the files, but it is a matter of concern that only relevant files go missing from the coal ministry."
    Asked if he thought it was sabotage, Sinha said: "It definitely points to something fishy, I don't know how this happened, but you can draw your own conclusions from this."
    The CBI director said: "We will inform the apex court on August 27 on the status and seek directions. We have asked for some other files also, let's see what the response of the government is on this."
    Government sources stated that these files are reportedly untraceable and could be with the respective states, but CBI sources discounted this, saying there is something not quite right about this claim.
    The issue of the missing Coalgate files raged in Parliament on Monday, leading to the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha.
    Of the 13 companies against whom the CBI filed FIRs, files related to 11 are reportedly missing.
    Sample this: M/s AMR Iron & Steel Private Limited, Nagpur: Allocated Bander block in Maharashtra on May 29, 2009, has close ties to Congress MP Vijay Darda. The directors are Arvind Kumar Jayaswal, Manoj Jayaswal, Ramesh Jayaswal and Devendra Darda.
    Another Darda company's files are also missing. The company is M/s JLD Yavatmal Energy Limited, Nagpur. It was allocated Fatehpur East Block in Chhattisgarh on January 23, 2008. The directors are Vijay Darda, Rajendra Darda, Devendra Darda, Manoj Jayaswal, Anand Jayaswal, and Abhishek Jayaswal.
    Sources say files related to screening committee meetings, recommendations of states and PSUs'/companies' presentations are reportedly missing, and that these were required to establish irregularities in allocation of coal blocks to private companies as well as joint ventures with government entities.
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    The CBI has registered 13 cases against several private companies for alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks between 2006 and 2009, and three preliminary enquiries are being probed as well.
    Sources said that even though the agency may have received a setback, it would call Congress MP Naveen Jindal for questioning in connection with the Coalgate investigation after the current session of Parliament ends.

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    Sources said files related to the allocation of around 45 coal blocks from 1993 to 2004 had reportedly gone missing apart from applications from 157 private companies which had not got coal blocks.
    While the government is making efforts to trace these files from all ministries and departments involved in coal block allocations and the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Ltd, CBI sources said the agency won't be able to reach any conclusion in its preliminary enquiries if the files are not traced.
    The CBI had taken some files on 24 companies and public officials in connection with alleged irregularities between 1993 and 2004, but many important files were not provided by the coal ministry.
    The issue has brought more heat to bear on the government which came under sharp attack on the issue. The Opposition, alleging that it was a conspiracy to save Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the coal block allocation scam, demanded an impartial probe and a statement from the Prime Minister or Minister for Coal.
    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla assured the House that Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal would make a statement on the issue, but gave no time-frame.
    "The government must respond to this... Otherwise you eliminate the evidence and then say no crime is committed. There are three important targets of investigation - the beneficiaries who benefited from coal block allocations, the screening committee which allotted the mines and the minister, the minister's office and the Prime Minister's Office," said Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.
    The CBI took up the case following a report from a CAG report that said the exchequer suffered a revenue loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore through the allocation of coal blocks to select companies. The CBI has so far registered 11 regular cases.
    During 2006-09, 68 coal blocks were allotted to 151 companies and the files relating to some of them have gone missing. The CBI said the government's screening committee, which processed applications from companies, did not conduct background checks. It also questioned the working of the committee: in its earlier status report submitted to the Supreme Court, it had said the allocations during 2006-09 were done without verification of the credentials of companies which allegedly misrepresented facts.
    The CAG, too, pointed out that the screening committee recommended the allocation of a coal block to a particular company. However, the minutes of the meeting in which the decision was made did not indicate how each applicant was evaluated.
    The CAG report said a transparent method was not followed by the screening committee when making allocations.
     
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    :rofl: This is epic. The whole files are gone. You have "Right to Information" that there are no files.
     
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    Wow!

    We all know who the thief is and we are still looking for evidence. :lol:
     
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    CAG had a set of files with them.
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Yes indeed CAG had a copy of the files all the while.

    What do you think is happening.

    The perps are just buying time through all these antics.
     
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    Yep, Buying time. I am not sure how compliant the new CAG is.
     

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