Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will soon grill a few Jharkhand government officials who had allegedly played a role in the irregular allocation of a state coal block in 2008 to two firms of Congress’s Lok Sabha member and industrialist Naveen Jindal.

The CBI had in June lodged a case against Jindal’s Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Limited (GSIPL) for alleged misre presentation to ba g Amarkonda Murgadangal block in Jharkhand. “A few senior officials of the then Jharkhand government had played a dubious role in the irregular allocation. Even though JSPL and GSIPL had not been recommended by the power ministry, the Jharkhand government had recommended the two along with another firm, Lanco Infratech Limited, via a letter on June 20, 2007, to the coal ministry,” said a CBI source familiar with the case probe.

“A month later however, the Jharkhand government sent another letter on July 30, 2007, in which they struck out the name of Lanco Infratech and recommended only JSPL and GSIPL. They had altered their earlier recommendation,” said the source.

The two firms allegedly concealed the fact that their group companies had been allocated blocks earlier as well.

Courtesy: hindustantimes