Zee Media Bureau/Faizan Nizami
New Delhi: Admitting that files and records of applications for coal blocks allocation have gone missing, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Saturday stated that government is trying to recover the lost files.
In a new twist to the ongoing investigation into the coal blocks allocation scam, it has surfaced that records of applications for 45 coal blocks allocated between 1993 and 2005 are nowhere to be found.
According to a report published by The Hindu, not only applications and records for coal blocks issued from 1993 to 2005 are untraceable but recommendations made by Congress MP Vijay Darda and subsequently forwarded to the PMO for the bander block are unable to be found.
In connection with Coalgate, the CBI had raided Mr. Darda and registered a case against him last year.
While 45 files linked to coal blocks allocation cannot be found, four important files from before 2005 have gone missing as well, the newspaper reported.
Also, records of at least 157 private companies which applied for the coal blocks but were not allocated to them are also missing.
The coal blocks allocation scam has been taken up by the Supreme Court and the lack of records and files into the probe can affect the ongoing investigation.
First Published: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 13:20