New Delhi: Just a day after the CBI registered a case and started investigation into the multi-crore rupee coalgate scam, the PMO accused the BJP President Nitin Gadkari’s son of being a beneficiary into the irregularities in the coal block allocations case of 2006-09.

Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanswamy told reporters, “Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s government allocated coal blocks to those close to BJP President Nitin Gadkari. The issue was not allowed to be raised in the Assembly.”

On the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) based on a complaint filed by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar, CBI registered a preliminary enquiry (PE).

As per CAG draft, source said, the government lost about 1.8 lakh crore by not dealing auctioning process for coal fields for around two years, allegedly on direction of the Coal Ministry, headed by Mr. Singh, allotted 65 coal blocks to 156 companies that was ineligible as handed over operations and outsourced it to third parties at a premium.

Reports suggested that the inquiry to that CVC asked to complete in three months, would took government policy aside and only look at the coal allotted to 156 companies were whether ineligible and violated the terms of their contracts.

JPN/ Agencies

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