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CBI FIRs point finger at Bagrodia

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said that the Ministry of Coal 'willfully and purposefully didn't scrutinise the documents submitted by the companies' in the five FIRs it filed in the coal scam so far. This statement in the reports can land the central government in trouble, as it indicates the involvement of government officials in the ministry in the scam.
The FIR which was registered against AMR Iron and Steel states, 'Despite having taken note of the earlier allocations to the group companies of M/s AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, the public servants in the Ministry of Coal in pursuance of criminal conspiracy, willfully didn't take the enquiry to its logical conclusion allowing undue advantage to the company.'

Besides, the FIR also states that 'the representatives of AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd attended the meeting on 18.09.2008 with the Minister of State for Coal in his chamber, wherein it claimed that it was not part of the Jayswal group, which was a lie.' The Congress leader Sanjay Bagrodia was the minister of state for coal at that time.

The FIR against JAS Infrastructures states that the Ministry of Power had recommended the allotment of Mahuagarhi coal block in Jharkhand to Maithan Power Ltd. However, it was later allotted jointly to JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd and Calcutta Electricity Supply Co. Ltd, despite JAS Infrastructure fudging details in the application.
Besides, the FIRs state that in all cases the net worth was increased fraudulently by the companies to match the analysis given by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). 'It is important to note that CEA on whose analysis the Ministry of Power made its recommendations to the Ministry of Coal had kept net worth of Rs 0.5 crore per mega watt of the maximum capacity of the proposed plants as a pre-qualification criteria for the applicant companies,' the FIR states. However, every company fudged details to meet the mark.
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