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Coal scam: CBI searches private firm’s offices in J’khand, WB

CBI on Sunday carried out searches at five locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal after registering a fresh case in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.

According to CBI sources, the case has been registered against Electrosteel Castings Limited and Electrosteel Steels pvt limited and unknown public servants in connection with allocation of Parbatpur coal block in Jharkhand in 2005 for its pig iron plant.

The searches were conducted at five offices of the company in Kolkata, Ranchi and Bokaro, the sources said.

The CBI alleged that Parbatpur block was allocated to Electrosteel Castings based in Sundergarh, Odisha with corporate office in Kolkata for their pig iron plants at Khardah (West Bengal) and Kalahasti (Andhra Pradesh).

The middlings generated in washery were for captive consumption in the proposed plant.

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