Coal scam: Missing files to storm Parliament

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The India Parliament on Monday is expected to witness a stormy session as opposition parties have pointed their guns at the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on missing coal scam files.

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it will take up the issue of coalgate with the UPA on Monday and will corner the Manmohan Singh government on some missing files related to the case.

"How can such crucial files on coal block allocations go missing? The government's intention has always been a suspect. Now it is clear that it is trying to hide facts from the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation)," BJP leader Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

"We will definitely raise the issue in the Parliament today. The government has to answer us," he said.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav said: ""The Coal Minister and Secretary are responsible for this (coal scam) and they must be investigated. We are going to raise this issue in Parliament."

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal said: "The Coal Minister must clarify how did the files go missing. If he fails, we will have no option but to seek his resignation."

The Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on coal block allocation estimated a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the national exchequer owing to irregular allocations.

The CAG named 25 private companies as beneficiaries of coal block allocations in various states. They included companies like Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Power, Tata Steel and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.

--IBNS (Posted on 19-08-2013)

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