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Coal Scam: CBI files revised closure report against KM Birla, others

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed revised closure report in a coal block allocation case involving industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and others in a Delhi court.

The CBI had on August 28, 2014 filed the closure report in the case in which it had earlier lodged an FIR against Mr. Birla, Mr. Parakh and others in one of the coal blocks allocation scam cases.

However, a special court had hauled up the CBI for its “hurry” in filing the closure report.

The FIR against Birla, Parakh and others was registered in October last year by CBI which had alleged that Parakh had reversed his decision to reject coal block allocation to Hindalco within months “without any valid basis or change in circumstances” and shown “undue favours”.

The FIR related to allocation of Talabira II and III coal blocks in 2005 and CBI had booked Birla, Parakh and other officials of Hindalco under various IPC sections, including criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct on the part of government officials.

During the investigation, CBI, however, had found that there was no “quid pro quo” on the part of Parakh and there was no wrongdoing in 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”.

With PTI Inputs

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