With only one day to go for the coal ministry’s deadline to provide missing Coalgate documents, the CBI is yet to get important files required to finish its probe. The agency has also decided to look for missing files in the offices of Coal India Limited, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute, Comptroller and Auditor General and the attorney general.

The agency is expected to inform the Supreme Court about non-availability of files and non-cooperative behaviour of coal ministry despite the apex court’s direction.

Sources said the agency may also ask the coal ministry on September 13 to file a formal complaint about missing files so that CBI can register a case and investigate it. There are 26 specific files/documents which are crucial for CBI’s investigation in 13 cases registered for alleged irregularities in coal allocation between 2006 and 2009.

The reconciled list of 26 files/documents including Congress MP Vijay Darda’s recommendation to the Prime Minister’s Office to allocate a coal block to AMR Iron and Steel was handed over to the attorney general earlier this month.

A senior CBI officer told TOI, “It’s been months and the coal ministry has not given us files. If they (coal ministry) are not listening even to Supreme Court then why would they share files with us. We have no option now but to inform the Supreme Court about it.”

CBI suspects there is a deliberate attempt to hide files so that the probe is not completed, because in some instances, only specific documents which will prove criminality are missing.

Apart from Darda’s letter, other important files required by CBI include final minutes of the 26th screening committee meeting which deals with the basis of allocations between 2006 and 2009, scrutiny report regarding financial strength of applicant companies prepared by Coal India Ltd and submitted to the 35th screening committee, confirmation regarding prohibition of sale/transfer of equity shares by companies pursuant to allocation of coal blocks (Navbharat Power sold its shares to Essar Power after getting Rampia and Dipside of Rampia coal blocks) and documents related to financial strength of Green Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, which got Fatehpur (east) coal block.

The agency has also sought documents related to application of Pushp Steel and Mining Pvt Ltd dated October 22, 2005 for Jitpur coal block, hard/soft copy of presentation made by Rathi Steel and Power before the 36th screening committee, documents (applications of the company, annexures and processing files) related to Tata Sponge Iron and Ltd which got Radhikapur East coal block and documents prepared by the coal ministry on merit of applicant companies.