The CBI on Tuesday handed over to the attorney general, a comprehensive list of documents related to the coal allocation scam it was yet to receive from the government.
According to a top CBI official, the investigators have prepared a list of about 200 documents they are yet to receive from the coal ministry.
Sources in the CBI said the original figure of 225 files had been brought down as the investigators were able to locate some the missing documents from the given set of papers after a meeting with coal ministry officials on Monday.
The CBI had on August 14 written to the coal ministry stating that 225 files and documents related to coal block allocations were still to be handed over to it by the ministry.
That included 167 files pertaining to the period before 2004, when the BJP-led NDA was in power. The agency had said that these files and documents were necessary for concluding the probe against various firms booked for the alleged manipulation and concealing of facts.
“As per the Supreme Court’s directive, we prepared a detailed list of documents, which we require to carry forward our probe into the 13 registered Regular Cases. The list has been handed over to the office of the attorney general of India, GE Vahanvati,” said a CBI official. Subsequently, the attorney general will forward the list to the central government and the coal ministry.
On August 29, the apex court had asked the CBI to provide within five days a list of documents, files and information sought by it to the coal ministry, which in turn was required to furnish the same within two weeks.
The coal ministry has so far handed over 1,50,000 documents to the CBI after the agency initiated its probe into the scam.
Meanwhile, CBI director Ranjit Sinha met central vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar and apprised him of the development in the coal scam probe.
The CVC, which exercises superintendence over CBI to oversee probes into corruption cases, is understood to have asked the agency to speed up its pace of investigation, sources said.