Raising the issue in Lok Sabha, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj refused to accept government's contention that the files were missing and said it is a case theft, which needs to be probed.

She said there should not be any pressure on the probe agency. "It is a matter of theft. That is why there should be an immediate FIR. Government should tell us by when an FIR will be lodged," she said

"The Prime Minister is coming under cloud...If the Prime Minister wants to see himself come clean on this issue, he should himself come forward and offer to depose before the CBI," she said. 
 
Swaraj said that the Prime Minister is in the dock over the coalgate scam as all controversial allocations happened when he held additional charge of the Coal Ministry from 2006 to 2009. Quoting media reports, she said, a key CBI official has demanded that there was need to "examine" the Prime Minister.

"Prime Minister is in the dock. He was the in-charge minister when controversial coal block allocations happened. When are you going to file FIR on missing files? It is a serious issue. There should not be any pressure on CBI," Swaraj said.

Missing coalgate files: Government-BJP stand-off resolved

The stand-off between the government and main Opposition BJP was resolved on Wednesday after an agreement that a discussion on missing coal files issue would be taken up immediately in both Houses of Parliament.

The end to the impasse came after two rounds of discussions that Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had with top BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

The Ministers asked BJP to allow proceedings in the two Houses so that important legislative business including Pension Bill and Land Acquisition Bill could be taken up, sources said. 

However, BJP leaders insisted that the issue of coal files needed to be taken up on priority, particularly in the wake of reports that a senior CBI officer had sought questioning of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with allocations made when he held the Coal portfolio between 2006 and 2009.

BJP said that after debate on coal issue, it would allow continuation of discussion on Pension Bill in the Lok Sabha and consideration of Land Acquisition Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Finally, the agreement was reached, under which a debate was taken up on coal issue. BJP leadership is upset over the manner in which the Prime Minister had left both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha immediately after reading out a statement on the missing files pertaining to the coal block allocations.

BJP leaders wanted to seek clarifications on his statement but were not allowed.

(JPN/Agencies) 

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