However, The Hindu reported that a number of files related to the coal scam are still missing.
"Though the Coal Ministry has handed over a set of files and documents on the allocation of coal blocks to the CBI, which is probing Coalgate, files and documents pertaining to meetings of the Screening Committee, mega power projects involving corporate giants like Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Power, Tata Sponge and Iron, Rathi Steel and Power Limited and others continue to remain untraceable," said the newspaper.
"The Ministry handed over files and documents to the CBI on Monday after a two-week deadline set by the Supreme Court ended. Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati sent to the Ministry on September 2 the list of documents and files that were to be submitted to the CBI," it said.
"The Search Committee, headed by an Additional Secretary (Coal), and Secretary (Coal) S.K. Srivastava, had undertaken a hectic search for the files that extended to the Steel and Power Ministries, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion," said The Hindu.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had earlier said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is ready to face the CBI in connection with the coal scam if required.
"The Prime Minister is not above law and will have to present himself for questioning if the CBI summons him," Nath told CNN-IBN.
Slamming Manmohan Singh over missing coal scam files, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley 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 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.
--IBNS (Posted on 18-09-2013)