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Missing files: CBI may seek formal complaint from coal ministry soon

With two days left for the deadline to provide files related to coal block allocation case, CBI might seek a complaint from Coal Ministry in case the latter is not able to trace the files sought by it.

Sources said although no formal communication has come from the Ministry, but in case all files as sought by the CBI are not traced then a complaint has to be given to the agency to probe the missing files.

They said the agency cannot register a case unless a complaint is received from the Ministry which would have to concede first that specific files have indeed gone missing and are not in records.

The Supreme Court while hearing the case on 30 August had directed the CBI to give a list of documents, files and information, sought by it, within five days to the Coal Ministry which, in turn, would furnish them within two weeks.

The agency in its letter dated 2 September to Attorney General GE Vahanvati had given an exhaustive list of over 50 allocations, the files of which have not been received by it.

The apex court had directed the Coal Ministry that if any documents remain untraceable, then FIRs have to be lodged by the Coal Ministry with the CBI within a week thereafter.

Holding that the missing documents are ‘vital’ for the probe in the scam, the apex court directed the Coal Ministry to lodge complaint with the CBI if it fails to trace any documents, sought by the agency.
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