Coal Mafia exists within coal ministry: PC Parakh
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Letters of former coal secretary PC Parakh and then coal minister Shibu Soren written in 2005 have added a new twist to the coal allocation scam case.
Shibu Soren wrote to the PM on February 7, 2005 stating ‘gross insubordination’ by the coal secretary and sought the latter’s removal on grounds of procedural lapses.
"I have to reluctantly take a view that it may not be appropriate to continue any further with the present secretary (coal). I, hence, request the prime minister to finally consider to substitute the present incumbent with a suitable alternative," Soren had written.
Parakh hit back with his letter dated March 22, 2005 to the cabinet secretary B.K. Chaturvedi. He wrote, “...minister (Soren) perhaps has far more knowledge about the operations and strength of the coal mafia as he comes from a state where the stranglehold of coal mafia is the strongest.".
He said that dealing with the coal mafia requires ‘strong political commitment’ as well as the ability to enforce law and order at both Central and state levels which did not exist.
CBI in its 14th FIR has named 46-year-old Birla, chairman of Aditya Birla Group, along with Parakh and unknown persons and officials of Hindalco and Coal Ministry in the FIR, the 14th in the multi-crore scandal, for alleged criminal conspiracy and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The previous 13 FIRs registered by the agency were from the enquiry which looked into allocations made during the period 2006-09.
CBI has been at the receiving end in the Supreme Court which has posed tough questions on the slow pace of its probe.