Parakh said, "But, if there is a conspiracy, then there are different members in this conspiracy. There is KM Birla who made the representation, he is one conspirator. I, who examined the case and made a recommendation, I can be another conspirator and the Prime Minister, who as the Coal Minister, took the final decision, is the third conspirator.”

FIR lodged against KM Birla, Parakh

"So, if the CBI thinks there is a conspiracy, why did they choose and select Mr Birla and me and not the Prime Minister. If conspiracy is there, then everyone is part of the conspiracy," he said.

Though Industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, Parakh and others have been booked by CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of two coal blocks in Odisha eight years back.
After registering a fresh FIR with the CBI court, agency teams carried out coordinated searches at nearly six locations in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bhubaneshwar including offices of Hindalco and residence of Parakh in Sikandarabad, Hyderabad respectively.

Dubbing the allegation against him as baseless, Parakh said that he saw nothing wrong in the government decision. "There is absolutely nothing wrong with the decision. It was a very fair and correct decision that we took. I don't know why CBI thought that there is a conspiracy," Parakh said.

He added, the Prime Minister had then directly taken charge of the ministry after Shibu Soren resigned as Coal Minister.

Parakh should disclose how coal blocks were allotted: BJP

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said, “Accountability of the Prime Minister and the PMO is equally important. Therefore, we demand a fair investigation. Parakh's statement "merits serious consideration.”

Describing Parakh as an upright IAS officer, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said, "The time has come for Parekh to speak up. He has spoken little, he should come out clean now, make public statements of how files were disposed off at the time when the Prime Minister was in charge of the Coal Ministry.”


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