Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was on Wednesday granted permission to quiz former Coal Ministry secretary H C Gupta in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam.
Government had earlier turned down a request of CBI to question Gupta despite the agency reasoning out that his questioning was important as he was the secretary between 2006 to 2009, the period which has come under the scanner.
Congress MP Naveen Jindal and former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao were yesterday accused of alleged cheating and graft by CBI in its fresh FIR in the coal scam.
After registering the 12th FIR in coal block allocation scam probe, CBI sources yesterday said that it carried out searches at 15 locations including residence and offices of Jindal in the national capital and Rao in Hyderabad.
The agency team carried out coordinated searches at the 6-Prithviraj Road residence of Jindal and offices of his firms in Bikaji Cama place.
Besides Jindal and Rao, CBI has also booked companies Jindal Steel and Power Limited and Gagan Sponge which were allotted Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Birbhum, Jharkhand in the year 2008.
The agency also booked Jindal's companies--Jindal Realty and ND Exim and Rao's company Saubhagya Media.
With PTI Inputs