Court seeks documents on Western Coalfields CMD’s extension

The CVC in an affidavit submitted to the court in October this year had given a clean chit to Garg.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2013 1:39 am

The Delhi High Court has directed the coal ministry,Central Vigilance Commission and Western Coalfields Ltd to produce all documents related to the extension of the company’s CMD Dinesh Chandra Garg’s tenure and the award of contract to Sai Construction.

The Center for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL),in September,had filed the plea seeking Garg’s removal on the grounds that his tenure had been “illegally” extended six times.

The High court bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Najmi Waziri directed the government and CVC to make all records from 2007-2010 available for scrutiny. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday alleged that the CVC had initially opposed the appointment and extension of Garg’s tenure,but had done a “volte face”.

The CVC in an affidavit submitted to the court in October this year had given a clean chit to Garg,stating that there was no vigilance case against him.

The petition also claims that Garg and other senior officers had “shown undue favour” to Sai Construction by awarding a contract for construction of the Motaghat Nalla at the Chandrapur mines,even after it was found that the bank guarantees given by the company was fake.

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