New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Monday asked the CBI, probing coal block allocations made during 2006-09, to extend its investigations to cover all allocations made since 1993, said agency sources.
The country's top anti-corruption authority had already tasked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with probe into the allotment of coal blocks made between 2006 and 2009.
"CVC asked that the agency investigate the system adopted by the state governments during allocation of coal blocks. The criteria and selected guidelines followed during the allocation must be probed," a source added.
The agency 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.
Official auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had, in a recent report, estimated undue benefits of Rs.1.86 lakh crore to private firms due to allocation of coal blocks without auction.