On the missing files related to coal reserves’ allocation, the Union Coal Ministry on September 16 gave its report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The CBI is likely to register more First Information Reports (FIRs) in the coal scam investigation. The Ministry has reportedly stated in the report that a few files were untraceable.
On last August 29, the Supreme Court had directed the CBI to furnish a comprehensive list of documents which are yet to be received from the government.
CBI is currently enquiring into alleged irregularities in coal allocations which have led to a political controversy, with opposition parties alleging the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is trying to hide details of the process. A top CBI officer said that it is too early to decide whether questioning of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is required in the matter.