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CBI may probe NDA’s coal block allocations

Minster of state in the PMO V Narayansami on Thursday said the centre is examining demands for including coal block allocations made during NDA rule within purview of CBI probe.

'There are demands from various quarters to include coal block allocations made during BJP-led NDA rule from 1999 to 2004. Union coal ministry is looking into it,' he said here.

Maintaining that Centre had taken pro-active step by ordering probe into the allocations in March 2012, much before CAG gave its report, he alleged BJP is finding CBI probe 'inconvenient as it fears that its own leaders would be exposed.'

Dismissing BJP's demand for SIT probe into the alleged irregularities in coal blocks distribution, Narayansami said CBI is very much an independent agency with a reputation for impartiality, making many states recommend for probe by it.

'Action will be taken against anyone found guilty in CBI probe...including chief ministers, ministers or officials,' he said.

Holding coal bearing states, including those ruled by BJP, responsible for coal block allocations, Narayansami said about 90 per cent work relating to allotment, starting from sending recommendations to endorsing and executing the allocation, is vested with the states.

Stating that 39 coal blocks were allocated during BJP-led NDA rule without following any guidelines or transparent policy, he said when UPA came to power the PM sought allocation of coal in a transparent way.

When views of states were sought, states like Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal opposed auction mode, he said. 
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