Web Exclusive | August 2013
No trace of 157 coal block applications, probe may suffer
On all the missing 157 applications by private companies, who had applied for coal blocks before 2004, the ministries of coal, power and industry have drawn a big blank. The companies but did not get any allocations.
These applications are lost and could hinder the CBI investigation into the coal blocks allotment scam as it is crucial to know on what basis were these private companies rejected by the government.
According to carefully-drafted minutes of the meeting held on August 8 under the chairmanship of additional secretary (coal), these 157 missing applications were being sought by the CBI.