According to official sources, some of the top executives of Aditya Birla company were called in connection with the allocation of coal blocks in Odisha.
While there was no decision immediately to summon the group's chairman Kumarmanglam Birla, sources said 68-year-old Parakh is likely to be questioned next week.
The CBI had last year registered a case naming 46-year-old Birla, Parakh and unknown officials of Hindalco and the Coal Ministry under various Sections pertaining to criminal conspiracy and corruption for alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.
The decision to call executives of the Birla Group was taken after TKA Nair, a key advisor of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was questioned in connection with the coal blocks allotment scandal.

Nair had denied any wrong doing in allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco.

Registering of a case against Birla and Parakh was criticized by India Inc and former bureaucrats.

Sources said that after completing the investigations in the case, the CBI would take a decision whether the agency should file a charge sheet or move a closure report in the court.
Hindalco has been denying allegations of irregularities.

"We wish to state unambiguously that we have followed every process required for allocation of coal completely, as stipulated by the Government policy,” Hindalco had said.
"This relates to media reports on an FIR naming Hindalco and our chairman on coal issues. Apparently, this seems to be part of a larger case entailing coal allocation to companies, and being one of the companies, we are being investigated also," it added.

The CBI alleged that during 2005, these persons entered into a criminal conspiracy and the then public servant (Parakh) abused his position and showed undue favour to the Odisha-based industry in allocation of Talabira II and Talabira III coal blocks along with a Public Sector Undertaking of Tamil Nadu.

According to the FIR, Tamil Nadu government PSU Neyveli Lignite Limited was to be given Talabira II block but Parakh allegedly favoured Hindalco and allowed it to share the block with Neyveli leading to notional loss to the exchequer.

The agency could not reach exact quantum of loss as the coal block is still not operational. The blocks were allocated for power production during a meeting of Screening Committee of the Coal Ministry, sources said and claimed that the coal allocation was meant for PSUs only.

Parakh, who was Coal Secretary at the time of this allocation, faces charges of criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act as also criminal conspiracy.
The former coal secretary recently came out with a book in which he questioned the CBI's decision to register a case against him and said if he was guilty then the Prime Minister should also have been named in the FIR.


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