Former MoS Dasari Narayana Rao was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday in connection with coal blocks allocated to former Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s companies during the UPA government’s tenure.
“Rao was summoned by the Delhi Zonal office of the ED at Jamnagar House. He was questioned in connection with the allocation of a coal block during his tenure as MoS coal,” confirmed an ED officer.
The ED had slapped money laundering charges against Rao and Jindal, taking cognizance of the CBI complaints in coal block allocations. In its FIR, ED had also named members and officials of the 35th screening committee (government constituted multi-member body).
The agency has allegedly found multi-layered transactions between the firms owned by Jindal to Rao’s Hyderabad-based firms and “illegal money” was routed for alleged favours given for the allocation of coal blocks to Jindal in Jharkhand in 2008 by Rao. The same charges have been made by the CBI in their complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act.