Daily Mail reported that some of the crucial documents that CBI officers were banking on for their probe into the Coal block allocation scam may never be traced, as fears emerged that some of these papers do not even exist.

A CBI officer said “We suspect that these reports did not exist. These reports on financial strength of companies are essential to corroborate the allegations leveled in the FIRs.”

Sources in the CBI said these documents include scrutiny reports regarding the financial strength of applicant companies prepared by Coal India Limited.

Non availability of these reports has become a mystery for the CBI, when a mention of this has been made in the minutes of the meeting of the 35th Screening Committee. The minutes of the meeting clearly state that financial strength of applicant companies was scrutinized independently with the help of financial experts from the CIL. Despite reminders from the CBI, the Coal ministry has not provided these documents. CIL officials have been questioned about the financial scrutiny reports, but they could not throw any light on the availability of these reports.

The probe agency has also been asking for a report of financial experts from the CIL as part of its investigations. Although it has registered cases against 13 companies till now, the CBI has been unable to file even a single charge sheet. Getting access to these financial reports was paramount for the probe as it would establish the CBI’s claims that the companies did not met the financial criteria and they were favoured

Courtesy: dailymail.co.uk