The CBI is probing the role of private companies which bagged coal blocks in the alleged conspiracy of missing files from the coal ministry.

CBI suspects there is a possibility that private companies in collusion with bureaucrats and lower level officials in the coal ministry got the files removed, so that the agency’s probe is derailed.

The agency has decided to take out the visitors registers of senior bureaucrats and other officials of coal ministry to find out about the visits of executives of private companies in the coal ministry in the past 1 year.

In the 2 preliminary enquiries registered on Friday to probe the missing files of two periods 1993-2005 and 2006-2009, CBI said private companies were also being investigated.

A senior officer said that “Everything is possible. Allocations were done in connivance with government officials. Since they (private companies) knew they had violated norms, misrepresented facts to get coal blocks and paid bribes to get blocks, there is every likelihood that files have gone missing at their behest.”

The agency has already said that “there seems to be a deliberate attempt to halt CBI investigations” in the Supreme Court monitored 1.76 lakh crore Coalgate scam.

Courtesy: coalguru