BJP today said there appears to be a conspiracy and collusion in the case of missing files relating to coal scam and alleged this was an attempt to protect the Prime Minister who held the Coal Ministry portfolio from 2006-09.
"There has been no response from the government on the coal ministry files which have gone missing. These files are from 2006-09 period. All political recommendations of Congress leaders and crucial files are missing. Records of another 157 private companies are also missing," Deputy Leader of the BJP in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.
"We are legitimately entitled to think that there is a conspiracy and collusion in this case," he added.
Prasad sought to know if there was a conspiracy and said in a criminal case the first step is to remove the witnesses and evidence and the files could have gone missing in an attempt to shield the Prime Minister and others.
BJP said the then Law Minister (Ashwani Kumar) had to resign as he tried to make changes in the CBI status report and this further shows that there is an attempt to protect the Prime Minister.
The main opposition said Coal Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal has not made a statement on the issue yet in Parliament and demanded that he do so.