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CBI set to register PE in missing files case

The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) is all set to register a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the missing coal files issue in a day or two, sources have revealed.

This paper had reported on Wednesday that coal ministry gave a go-ahead to the investigating agency informing them they have already given whatever they could and that the matter should be pursued by the bureau now.

The decision to register a PE was taken on Thursday after a crucial meeting between CBI sleuths and coal ministry officials.

Sources said that during the meeting both sides reconciled that about 15-18 files related to coal block allocations which include minutes of screening committee remained untraceable. Besides, most of these files pertains to corporate bigwigs like Reliance Power Ltd, Tata Sponge Ltd and Rathi Steel Pvt Ltd.

'Based on this it was decided to initiate a probe in connection with the missing files but the agency preferred to start with a preliminary enquiry which could be converted into a regular case if some evidence of malafide is found,' the CBI sources stated.

During the analysis of documents and interactions with the Coal Ministry officials, CBI has found that some of the crucial files are not in existence.

The sources said one such case is of the files related to minutes of the 26th screening committee, which are not available in the ministry and despite best efforts only the draft minutes could be traced in the Ministry.

They said the agency would look into the issue of such missing files as decisions have been taken referring to these minutes of the screening committee.
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