The CBI in its chargesheet said that Navabharat and others misrepresented facts to get coal blocks. The premier probe agency also submitted a status report informing the Apex Court about the progress made into the probe.

The CBI has filed over 16 FIRs which included those against AMR Iron and Steel, JLD Yavatmal Energy, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog, JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd, Grace Industries, Jindal Steel and Power, Rathi Steel and Power Ltd, Jharkhand Ispat, Green Infrastructure, Kamal Sponge, Pushp Steel, Hindalco, BLA Industries, Castron Technologies and Castron Mining and Nav Bharat Power Private Limited.

These FIRs were registered after the agency probed three preliminary enquiries related to coal block allocation between 2006 and 2009, 1993 and 2004 and projects given under a government scheme.

According to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), an estimated loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore was caused to the national exchequer in the coal block allocation scam.

(JPN/Agencies)

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