"The Prime Minister is not the custodian of files. Why should he reply? If they (Opposition) want, the Coal Minister will reply," Kamal Nath.

"I think this demand is not appropriate. We have a minister and it is his direct responsibility to reply in the Parliament," he said.

Voicing the same opinion, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said, "The file has been lost for maybe the last six months or so. The Coal Minister is willing to make a statement, and he has already made a statement on the floor of the Rajya Sabha."

Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had on Saturday admitted that some files related to the coal blocks allocations had gone missing.


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