New Delhi, Sept 5 IBNS | 2 years ago

Slamming Manmohan Singh over missing coal scam files, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said the Prime Minister resorts to his ultimate weapon, that is, silence, when it comes to making a transparent statement on the issue.

"After the files disappear, the (coal) minister comes and makes an inaccurate statement saying, all these files are pre-2004 allocations. We now find out that the crucial files are between 2006 and 2009. Then the Prime Minister resorts to his ultimate weapon, that which is silence, because the cruelest of concealments can be made through silence. He resorts to that weapon," Jaitley told NDTV.

"Who are the targets of investigation? Either the beneficiaries or the decision makers. The decision makers could be in the PMO, they could be in the Coal Ministry, they could be in the Screening Committee, or they could be the minister. Now between these so called targets of investigation, who is the person who has made these files to disappear?" he said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) needs nearly 225 files from the Coal Ministry to progress in investigations.

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.

(Posted on 05-09-2013)