CBI officers said that 20 blocks were allotted during 2003, of which 13 were given to state public sector firms and the rest to private companies. The private companies include Prakash Industries Ltd (PIL), promoted by Ved Prakash Aggarwal, brother of Jai Prakash Aggarwal, who is known to be a BJP-RSS supporter. The coal block to PIL was allotted in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh.
Usha Martin Ltd, which also owns media group Prabhat Khabar, was allotted a coal block in Jharkhand in 2003. The list of those who got coal blocks was given to the CBI by the coal ministry after the agency registered multiple FIRs and preliminary enquiries to probe coal block allotments since 1993.
According to the list of allotments between 1993 and 2004, the largest number of allotments were made in Maharashtra. “In 2003, nine coal blocks were allotted in Maharashtra, three in West Bengal, three in Orissa, two each in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, and one coal block was allotted in Arunachal Pradesh,” said a CBI officer.
The CBI probe which was initially focused on allotments to private companies has expanded to include blocks given to state PSUs as it was apparently learnt that a large number of such allotments were made by the NDA government. The CBI is checking if the state PSUs entered into joint ventures with private firms after getting the blocks.
The fact is that there is something fishy that has happened in past and now more fishy things are happening to hush that up one way or the other. The adminstrators (politicians & bureaucrats) of the land are themselves (with the exception of few good men/ women) engaged in cheating and looting what they are made to be custodians of. In our democratic elections to win all fair play is set aside as ballots are rigged / booth(s) looted / votes bought / horse trading is given consequence. The system has failed to deter such process of election. We need "RIGHT TO RECALL" and "RIGHT TO REJECT" constitutionalized in our basic human riights - as these will help us lead a better life by ridding off of persons of questionable integrity from the system of adminstration. Recently some bureaucrats (ex and in service have come forward to stand up and be counted. Lets all support them. Jai Hind
This report only proves that all these political parties are thieves. And the BIGGEST THIEf is always the party in power when it controls the CBI.
It seems those who raise hue and cry now are themselves involved.Both NDA and UPA are equally responsible for bringing this mess to the country. The reason being coalition governments, who wants to keep their partners happy to keep their governments in power.
All RSS babies and paid blog writers, atta*ck CBI and call it an agent of Sonia. Also, att*ack IE for publishing this news.
Was this article in any way trying to tell us there was scam during NDA... Or merely trying to let readers know there was 20 coal block alloted. Please update news with scam angle as well..