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Coal scam: CBI to examine Hindalco chief Kumar Mangalam Birla

Apr 21, 2014 05:40 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla is all set to be interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the multi-crore coal block allocation scam.

The CBI has named Mangalam in the Hindalco chargesheet. The investigators have already questioned several officials of Hindaloco and are now set to interrogate Mangalam this week.

An FIR was filed against Mangalam in October, 2013 under various sections pertaining to criminal conspiracy and corruption. The FIR said, "Hindalco did not fulfill requirements of coal block but was unduly favoured by the government."

According to the FIR, Tamil Nadu government PSU Neyveli Lignite Limited was to be given Talabira II block but Parakh allegedly favoured Hindalco and allowed it to share the block with Neyveli leading to notional loss to the exchequer.

The agency could not reach exact quantum of loss as the coal block is still not operational. The blocks were allocated for power production during a meeting of Screening Committee of the Coal Ministry, the sources said and claimed that the
coal allocation was meant for PSUs only.

This comes as the CBI is trying to file all the chargesheets in the infamous Coalgate by the end of May, 2014.

It had earlier in the day questioned former Coal Minister Dasari Narayana Rao in connection with the case. Rao was summoned to the CBI headquarters on Monday morning and quizzed about the allocation of Talabira-II coal block at Odhisa to Hindalco despite the screening committee giving it to Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Neyveli Lignite Limited.