New Delhi: Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Saturday admitted that some files related to the coal blocks allocation scam have gone missing. The minister said the files between 1993 and 2004 are missing.
"768 files have been submitted to the Coal Ministry. It is true that some files are missing. We are trying to recover these files from the other ministries," Jaiswal said.
The minister's admission gave the much-needed fodder to the Opposition, which alleged the files contained startling information against the illegalities in the UPA government at the time. The Opposition has been alleging a cover-up and accusing the government of interfering with the probe to shield Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was the coal minister at the time.
"The government's approach right from Day 1 as far as the coal scam is concerned is to hide the facts from the CBI enquiry and this is with the sole intention to protect the PM because he was the coal minister," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar alleged.
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta also hit out at the government over the missing files saying, "It only shows how miserably the government is trying to hide its own illegalities."