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Cabinet meets to decide on de-allocation of coal blocks

Jan 13, 2014 01:57 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) met on Monday to discuss the criteria for de-allocation of coal block licences in the coalgate scam. The meeting comes in wake of the Central Bureau of Investigation producing a fresh status report in the coal scam before Supreme Court on Monday.

An inter-ministerial group had earlier reviewed and decided to de-allocate 218 coal blocks. Notices were issued to 47 blocks but a decision is still pending on 29 cases.

The CCEA meeting was called so that the government could file a reply in court by January 15.

According to reports, the CBI may recommend removal of 60 coal block allocations from the case as no criminality has been found in them. At the same time, the Attorney General has recommended the Supreme Court to put a clear-cut criteria for de-allocation.