With nearly a dozen files and scores of documents and applications for coal blocks remaining untraceable,the coal ministry is set to file a FIR with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by Friday.
Searches by five teams of officials of the ministry during the past one week has yielded some positive results,but some key files pertaining to allocation of coal blocks since 1993 continue to remain missing.
Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal,who is currently on a tour of eastern Uttar Pradesh,said that he would sign the file for registering a FIR with the CBI on his return on Friday.
The search for missing documents is on. I am told there has been some success. In the event of files/documents continuing to be missing,I will approve the file (FIR) by Friday, Jaiswal told The Indian Express.
Coal secretary Sanjay Kumar Srivastava on Tuesday chaired the final meeting of the search committee headed by his deputy AK Dubey.
The meeting is learnt to have discussed the reasons for the files remaining missing and also those who should be held accountable for the same. Both Srivastava and Dubey could not be contacted to ascertain the exact number of missing files and documents.
Compounding the confusion on recovery of missing files,the coal ministry on Tuesday afternoon issued a statement saying the CBI has been conveyed the possibility of more documents being recovered within the next 2-3 days. …a detailed report will be submitted by September 13 as directed by the Supreme Court. These documents are in the process of getting reconciled with the investigating agency, the statement read.
The steel ministry is also tight-lipped on how many documents/files have been recovered by its search panel even as the deadline set by the apex court is nearing.