BHUBANESWAR: The state government has frozen clearances for coal blocks allocated between 1993 and 2013, anticipating scrutiny by the Supreme Court, CBI and CAG. The development followed CBI naming Aditya Birla Groupchairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh in an FIR on a coal block allotment case.

“In view of the pending litigation and investigation by CBI and other agencies, we consider that proceeding further in respect to such allocations may not be advisable till the settlement of pending litigation and closure of investigation,” chief secretary Jugal Mohapatra wrote to Union coal secretary SK Srivastava on October 23. The state move has brought projects worth hundreds of crores to a grinding halt. The government fears granting prospecting licences and mining leases of coal blocks may come under scanner of the judiciary.

Courtesy: The Times of India