NEW DELHI: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Monday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe coal block allocations since 1993.
Last week, Coal Minister Shri Prakash Jaiswal in a letter to the CVC, asked for a CBI probe into all the coal blocks allocated since 1993 when the government has started allocation to private firms.
Jaiswal also forwarded a letter written by seven MPs to the CVC saying that the coal blocks allocated between 1993 and 2004 including those given by the NDA should be investigated by the CBI, PTI reported.
The Central Bureau of Investigation was also asked to find out the system put in place for selection of companies for coal block allocation between 1993 to 2006, whether these guidelines were followed and how joint venture partners were selected.
The country's top anti-corruption authority had earlier this year, tasked the CBI with probe into the allotment of coal blocks made between 2006 and 2009.
A preliminary enquiry to examine the irregularities, if any, in the allocation of coal blocks by coal ministry during 2006-09 was initiated on a reference from the CVC in June.
On September 19, the inter-ministerial group (IMG) reviewing coal block allocations Wednesday recommended that the mining licences of three more coal blocks owned by eight companies be scrapped.
The companies recommended for deallocation are Electrosteel Castings, Rungta Mines and Maharashtra Seamless Ltd.
The IMG also recommended deduction of bank guarantee of four companies - Arcelor Mittal, GVK Power, Jayaswal Neeco and DB Power - for shortcomings in development of three blocks.
Till Wednesday, the IMG has recommended de-allocation of 11 captive mines.
The ministry, following up on the IMG's recommendations, had deallocated 7 coal blocks till Tuesday.
The Comptroller and Auditor General had estimated a loss of Rs 1,76,00 crore because of non-applicability of auction mechanism for allocation of coal mines.
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