New Delhi: A total of 189 documents related to the coal block allocations are missing and all efforts are being made to locate them, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal told parliament yesterday.
In a statement in Rajya Sabha, Jaiswal said: “It would be wrong to say that a large number of files are missing as there are only a handful of files yet to be located and handed over to the CBI.”
Listing out the details of missing document, Jaiswal said seven files, 173 applications and nine other documents are “being searched” for. Jaiswal, however, was not able to read out the statement as the house was adjourned following protests by Telugu Desam Party members.
The minister said a detailed letter stating the latest status has been sent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yesterday.
“So far nearly 769 files and documents in original have been handed over to the CBI for investigation comprising of as many as 497 files, 163 applications, 40 agenda papers, 10 feedback-form booklets and 33 miscellaneous documents, running into more than 150,000 pages in aggregate,” he said.
“As investigation progresses, if additional documents are called for by the CBI, the ministry would supply them to CBI and, if any document is not readily available, it shall make every effort to trace and supply the same to the CBI,” he said.