The ministry's reply to the RTI query filed by NGO Greenpeace in February is important as the government has been saying that some of the files before 2004 went missing.

According to Greenpeace, it had filed two RTIs on the issue and was told that the files were with the CBI, which is investigating the irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.

"We got a response from PSS Reddy, director appellate authority, Coal Ministry, saying that all the applications of the companies who have been allocated coal blocks along with annexure in original are in the custody of the CBI," said a statement issued by Greenpeace.

"Is the Coal Ministry lying about missing the coalgate files," Greenpeace questioned.

(Agencies)

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