New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the central government to file an affidavit, along with supporting material, explaining the procedure and methodology that was adopted for the allocation of 164 coal blocks.

An Apex Court bench headed by Justice RM Lodha gave this direction after perusing a  Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) status report about the on-going investigation into the coal blocks allocation.

In the report, the probe agency said the procedure adopted by the Coal Ministry and the screening committee for allocation of the coal blocks was arbitrary.

The CBI in its report, extracts of which were read in the court, said there was no material about the decision-making process and the minutes were either not maintained or sketchy.


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