A day after prime minister Manmohan Singh said he was ready to face CBI probe, if any, in the coal allocation scam, his office on Friday handed over documents pertaining to the allocation of coal block to Hindalco.
The CBI on Tuesday had written to the prime minister’s office seeking all available documents related to the coal block allocation.
“Yes, we have received some files from the prime minister’s office pertaining to the Talabira coal block allocation. We will examine these documents before going to further proceedings in the investigation,” a CBI officer told dna.
The CBI claims that the agency wants to review the Talabira coal block allocation files before proceedings with the probe which include interrogation of accused named in the FIR. “At present, we are only examining the available documents. Once scrutiny is done, we may have to question some officials of the prime minister’s office who handled the coal allocation. Besides, interrogation of accused named in the FIR will also be done later,” the CBI officer added.
The PMO has already defended the allocation of coal block to Hindalco and claimed that the allocation was done on “merit”.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on his way back from a five-day visit to Russian and China, said, “I’m not above the law of the land. If there is anything the CBI or, for that matter anybody, wants to ask me. I have nothing to hide.”
The CBI has claimed that the Kumar Mangalam Birla-promoted firm (Hindalco Industries) was granted “undue favour’ in allocation of coal blocks arising out of criminal conspiracy between the industrialist and the then coal secretary PC Parakh.