Justifying its closure report in the case of alleged irregularities in allocation of Talabira-II and III coal blocks in Odisha to Hindalco, the agency said the evidence collected during investigation did not substantiate the allegations levelled against the persons named in the FIR which included Birla and former Coal Secretary P C Parakh.

The agency which filed its FIR naming Birla and Parakh after doing 16-months of preliminary enquiry today said there was no illegality in the allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco

In its FIR, the agency had alleged that during the 25th Screening Committee meeting, chaired by Parakh, applications of Hindalco and Indal Industries were rejected for mining in Talabira II and III ‘citing valid reasons’ but later took an about turn after a personal meeting with Birla.

"The decision to accommodate the said firm of Mumbai in Talabira-II coal block in partial modification of the recommendation of the 25th meeting of the Screening Committee was found to be a case of incorporating both the views of the Screening Committee and the Government of Odisha.”

"It was taken in larger interest of the country and in view of the federal regal frame work wherein most of the statutory clearances are accorded by the concerned State Government," CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said while trying to justify agency's closure report.

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