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Coalgate: CBI will stand by FIR against Kumar Mangalam Birla


Bhupendra Chaubey,CNN-IBN
Oct 21, 2013 at 06:31pm IST

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will stand by the FIR against Aditya Birla group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh in the coal blocks allocation scam when it files a status report in the Supreme Court on Tuesday on the investigations. The status report will include all the 14 FIRs that have been filed so far in the coalgate scam by the CBI.

According to the details of the report accessed by CNN-IBN, the CBI will not back off from the investigation against Birla at this stage. Sources have also said that the probe will continue despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement validating Talabira II coal block allocation to Birla-owned Hindalco.

However, sources say that the status report is silent on whether the Prime Minister will be questioned or not. They add that the Prime Minister is unlikely to be questioned in the case.

The Prime Minister on Saturday had defended the Hindalco coal block allocation and said that he was satisfied with the decision taken regarding the coal block allocation. A statement released by the Prime Minister's office had said that the decision had been taken on the merits of the case.

The Prime Minister's office (PMO) had passed the buck on to the Odisha government saying that the state government recommended allocation of Talabira II coal block to Hindalco and supported the company in the screening committee.

The statement also said that the Talabira II coal block allocation is a case where final decision differed from the earlier recommendation of the screening committee and that this was done following representation received in PMO from one of the parties which was referred to the Ministry of Coal.

The statement mentioned that the allocation is subject to the ongoing investigation and that no impediment is being placed on the CBI to continue investigation and seek fresh information which may have a bearing on the case.

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