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Coalgate: CBI summons former secy PC Parakh

Coalgate: CBI summons former secy PC Parakh
‘I have asked CBI to give any date after May one,’ Parakh, 69, who retired as coal secretary in 2005, said. In his book released recently, Parakh has been critical of CBI’s action, especially its director Ranjit Sinha, of registering a case against him. He questioned the decision-making of the agency chief in not naming PM Manmohan Singh as an accused as the coal ministry was under Singh’s charge directly when Talabira-II coal block in Odhisa was given to Hindalco.

CBI had last year registered a case against Parakh, Birla, besides unnamed officials of Hindalco and the coal ministry. The agency alleged that during 2005, these persons had entered into a criminal conspiracy and the then public servant (Parakh) abused his position and showed undue favour to the Odisha-based industry in allocation of Talabira II and Talabira III coal blocks along with the PSU.
The FIR says Neyveli Lignite Limited was to be given Talabira II block but Parakh allegedly favoured Hindalco and allowed it to share the block with Neyveli leading to notional loss to the exchequer. The move to question Parakh comes after former MoS for Coal DN Rao and the PM’s advisor T K A Nair were questioned by CBI. The agency said Parakh, after meeting Birla, had changed the decision of Screening Committee, which had allotted Talabira-II coal block to PSU Neyveli Lignite Limited.

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