Coal scam: Working of PMO officials not above board, says Court

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New Delhi: The working of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) during the UPA regime Monday came in for sharp criticism by a special court which said the functioning of PMO officials “does not appear to be above board” in a coal blocks allocation case.

The court made the observations in an order relating to a case of Nagpur-based Grace Industries Ltd (GIL) in which it directed the CBI to further probe the alleged role and collusion between public servants and company officials.

The court also noted that when there were specific remarks by then Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao that GIL was “not eligible” for allocation of Lohara (east) coal block in Maharashtra, the PMO officials should have highlighted the same before the file was submitted to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also the Coal Minister at that time.

“In these circumstances, I am constrained to observe that even the working of the officers of PMO also does not appear to be above board. When there was a specific observation by the Minister of State for Coal (Rao) regarding the case of M/s GIL, then at least the officers in PMO ought to have highlighted the said fact before the file was submitted to the Prime Minister,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said. Read more



Coal scam: Why was Manmohan Singh not examined, special court asks CBI

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NEW DELHI: The CBI was on Tuesday asked by a special court as to whether it has examined former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was then holding coal portfolio, during its probe in the coal blocks allocation scam case involving top industrialist KM Birla, former coal secretary P C Parakh and others.

Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar asked the agency,”Don’t you think examination of the then coal minister was necessary in the matter? Don’t you feel the need to examine him? Don’t you think his statement was necessary to present a clear picture?”

Responding to this, the investigating officer (IO) told the court that the officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) were examined during the probe and it was found that statement of the then coal minister was not necessary. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Court asks CBI to further probe a coal scam case

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A Special Court in New Delhi on Thursday directed the CBI to further investigate an alleged scam in coal block allocation, involving Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda and others, in which the agency had filed a closure report.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar asked the CBI to file a progress report of its probe on 19th December.

“Vide my separate detailed order, the matter has been sent for further investigation,” the judge said.

CBI had filed the closure report in the case in which it had earlier registered an FIR against JLD Yavatmal Energy Ltd, its directors Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Rajendra Darda, Manoj Jayaswal, Anand Jayaswal and Abhishek Jayaswal and other unknown persons.

CBI had lodged an FIR in the case against six individuals, the firm and unknown persons under sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The agency, however, had later on filed a closure report in the case, saying that no undue benefit was given to M/s JLD Yavatmal Energy Ltd by the Coal Ministry in allocation of coal blocks to it.

In its closure report, the agency has said that nothing substantial has emerged to establish cheating and criminal conspiracy among officials of the Ministry of Coal and JLD Yavatmal Energy Ltd’s directors.

CBI, which had earlier alleged in its FIR that JLD Yavatmal wrongfully concealed previous allocation of four coal blocks to its group companies in 1999-2005, has said in its closure report that even if it had revealed this, it would not have been disqualified for getting the coal blocks. Read more

Courtesy: DD News

Coal block auction to have cushion against tariff shock

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NEW DELHI: The government will protect power consumers from getting a tariff shock from coal block auction and cap the number of mines or quantity of reserves that goes to one entity with a view to prevent a monopoly scenario.

“It (auction) is not a revenue-maximizing approach … the essence is to keep a lid on tariff … if not eliminate, alleviate coal supply position,” coal secretary Anil Swarup said on Wednesday, after the coal ministry invited comments from stakeholders on draft norms for auctioning coal blocks.

The ministry is looking at inviting requests for proposals from prospective bidders on December 22 and inviting bids by February 3. Bids will be in two stages — technical and financial. Final bidders will be qualified on the basis of their technical bids by March 3 and financial bidding will get going on March 6. Allocation letters will be issued to successful bidders on March 16.

“It is a work in progress. This is the first time such an exercise is being undertaken. But, we will come out with a clear, transparent process within the stipulated time. There could be some unforeseen issues but for now this is the timeline we have set,” Swarup said.

The Supreme Court had in September cancelled allocation of 204 blocks. In the first lot, 74 blocks are being put on the block. Forty-two of these are in production and 32 are expected to start operations soon. Together, the 74 blocks have the potential to produce 110 million tonnes of coal per year. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Cancel public hearing at Chhendipada: Samantara

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Well-known social activist and president of Lok Shakti Abhiyan Prafulla Samantara has urged the Odisha State Pollution Control Board to cancel public hearing for Machakut coal mining scheduled to be held on Thursday at Chhendipada in Angul district of the State.

“The people of five gram panchayats including Bagadia, Machakut under Chhendipada Block Angul district have been protesting not to allow mining of coal in their agriculture land since the notification for land acquisition came out,” Samantara has said in a letter to the Member-Secretary of Odisha State Pollution Control Board.

“The natural resources like fertile agricultural land, forest, natural streams, and rivers will be destroyed by mining of coal.”

But against the will of the villagers the government is trying to have acquisition of land forcefully which could not take place till now due to democratic people’s resistance, Samantara said. Read more

Courtesy: Odisha Channel

माफिया ने रुकवाया दीवार का काम, लोनिवि कर रहा था काम

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अवैध खनन के लिए खोह नदी में उतरने का रास्ता हो रहा था बंद

कोटद्वार (उत्तराखंड)। खोह नदी में अवैध खनन करने वाले अब सरकारी काम में भी बाधा बनने लगे हैं। नदियों में टैक्टर ट्राली उतारने का रास्ता बंद होने पर ही सड़क सुरक्षा दीवार का निर्माण कार्य रुकवा दिया। दिनभर अवैध खनन से भरी ट्रैक्टर ट्रालियां सड़कों पर दौड़ती रहती है। जिसके वजह से प्रशासन ने ऐसा निर्णय लिया था। खननकारियों ने लोक निर्माण विभाग की तरफ से काशीरामपुर तल्ला में करवाया जा रहा सड़क सुरक्षा दीवार का निर्माण रुकवाया दिया। जानकारी मिलते ही ग्रामीणों ने तहसील पहुंचकर इसकी शिकायत की। ग्रामीणों ने कहा कि खोह नदी में अवैध खनन से आबादी को खतरा बन गया है। ग्रामीणों का कहना है कि कई बार खननकारियों को दौड़ा चुके हैं। लेकिन उन पर कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ रहा है। गांव की हर गली और सड़क पर खननकारियों के ट्रैक्टर दौड़ रहे हैं। विस्तार से देखें

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खनन सामग्री से भरे ट्रक ने रोका डीजीपी का रास्ता

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उत्तराखंड मे खनन माफिया जगह – जगह पहाड़ एवं नदियों का सीना चीर रहे है। यही हालत हर राज्य मे है। खदान को लेकर कोर्ट ने भी कई बार प्रशासन को निर्देश दिया है। उसके बावजूद इससे निवारण नही हो रहा है। पुलिस और प्रशासन का जरा भी खौफ माफिया पर नहीं दिख रहा है। बेखौफ नदियां खोद रहे खनन माफिया को वाहन पकड़े जाने पर जुर्माना देना नहीं खल रहा है। अवैध खनन पर सिर्फ जुर्माने का प्रावधान है, माफिया तत्काल जुर्माने की राशि अदा कर वाहन रिलीज करा लेता है। फिर खनन कार्य मे लग जाता है। कहानी जस की तस बनी हुई है। ग्रामीण बार – बार आरोप लगाते है।  कार्यवाही होती है। थोड़ा शांत होने के बाद माफिया पुनः सक्रिय हो जाते है।  विस्तार से देखें

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