New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation will seeks files related to Hindalco from the Prime Minister's Office, the sources have said. The CBI wants to know under what circumstances the coal block was allotted to Hindalco. The sources have also said that this letter would be sent to PMO's office on Tuesday evening.
The agency has filed the status report on coal blocks allocation scam probe on Tuesday in a sealed envelop in the Supreme Court. The apex court is likely to take up the report on October 29.
The CBI has come under sharp criticism of the government and India Inc for naming Adity Birla Group Chief Kumar Mangalam Birla and Hindalco for naming them as accused in its 14th FIR in the case. It has alleged that special consideration was given to Hindalco during the coal block allocation in Odisha.
It says that former coal secretary PC Parakh allegedly abused his position to show undue favours to the Birla-owned Hindalco. The FIR states that Hindalco did not fulfill requirements of coal block but was unduly favoured by the government. It got a better deal at the cost of PSU Neyveli Lignite Corporation.
Sources say the CBI report gives details about three aspects related to coal blocks allocation - investigations carried out in the case, related files missing from Coal and Steel Ministries and the latest FIR against Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh.
However, the Prime Minister has defended the Hindalco coal block allocation and said that it is satisfied that the decision taken with regard to the deal was appropriate.