Probe into alleged irregularities in allocation of Talabira-II coal blocks has gained momentum as CBI has started questioning top executives of Aditya Birla Group and were likely to quiz former Coal Secretary P C Parakh next week.
BJP demanded a speedy and fair probe into the coal block allocation scam, alleging that CBI has not questioned the ministers of state in the coal ministry and officials in the PMO about their alleged role in the affair.
With Odisha Chief Minister`s letter to the Prime Minister about coal block allocation coming under the CBI scanner, the BJP demanded why he had `selectively recommended` the case of Hindalco giving it `preferential treatment`.
The government had nothing to hide, and decisions on coal block allocations were taken on the basis of recommendations of state governments, Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office V Narayanasamy said on Thursday.
Submitting the second affidavit on coal blocks allocation report, the CBI on Monday issued an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for sharing the report with the PMO officials, Union Law Minister Ashwini Kumar and Attorney General GE Vahanvati.