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A Delhi court on Thursday fixed May 2 for considering the chargesheet filed by CBI in coal blocks allocation scam case against Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd and its two directors.
PC Parakh, accused in coal scam, claimed PM Manmohan Singh had asked him to continue in office after he resigned following "blackmail" and pressure from Members of Parliament on coal block allocation.
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Friday handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) files related to the coal blocks allocated to Hindalco, news agencies quoted sources as saying.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday asked the CBI to reconsider the FIR launched against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla in the coal block allocation scam.
Responding to CBI`s FIR in the coal block allocations scam involving Hindalco, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh upon landing in the capital after his tour to China said he was ready to face the probe.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Monday said crime and criminality will run riot in the country and corruption will continue if investigating agencies have no independence.
BJP welcomed PMO`s explanation that PM Manmohan Singh approved coal block to Kumar Mangalam Birla`s Hindalco and asked him to clear air on other allocations done when he held the coal portfolio.
Union Minister and Congress leader Srikant Jena on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik`s recommendation for bauxite mines for the Aditya Birla Group.
The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on coal blocks is likely to meet this next week to decide the fate of around 30 coal blocks.
The BJP has come out with its comments asking the PM Manmohan Singh whether he will explain all the FIRs registered by the CBI in the coal scam case, reports said Sunday.
Salman Khurshid backed the PMO statement and said that the PM was not supposed to go through the nuances of the file before signing it.
Claiming that CM Naveen Patnaik has done nothing wrong by urging PM Manmohan Singh to examine Hindalco`s plea for a coal block, Odisha minister accused Congress of `disinformation campaign`.
Moily said India is not under "Aurangzeb`s rule" but under rule of law, where action has to be taken based on cogent evidence, not just on mere perception.
Former Coal Secretary PC Parakh failed to explain reasons for allotting coal block to Hindalco after rejecting CBI claimed amid indications fresh cases will be registered in connection with Coalgate.
Congress saw nothing wrong in Union Ministers expressing concerns over industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla being named by CBI in coal scam case.
CPI leader D Raja said the coal scam is a case being monitored by the Supreme Court.
The former union coal secretary earlier today said if the CBI considers a conspiracy in this case then the Prime Minister should be held equally responsible being the final decision maker.
The CAG report does not indict the Prime Minister or his office, but the BJP is emphasizing that the Prime Minister held direct charge of the coal ministry for the years under scrutiny.
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