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BJP, CPI (M) raise question over missing files of coal scam

New Delhi, Aug 18 (): Creating more trouble for the ruling UPA government over the missing of files in the coal block allocation scam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that the government’s attitude on the issue had been a question mark right from the beginning which intended to hide the facts from the CBI.

This act of the ruling government clearly shows its intention to protect the Prime Minister who had  then been Coal Minister, said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.

In a statement on Saturday, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal declared that some crucial files between 1993 and 2004 have gone missing and the government is trying to dig up the copies of the missing files ready. Following the Supreme Court’s order to the government a week back, directing to co-operate and provide the documents required by the CBI as part of its investigation into how coal mining licenses were issued to private firms, came the latest report by the government about the missing of the crucial files involved in the coal block allocation scam.

The coal gate issue which hit the roof in the year 2012 was described as most crucial for the government as the Prime Minister was holding direct charge of the Coal Ministry while under analysis, said sources. Reacting sharply to the revelation of the missing files from the Ministry of Coal, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that his party will raise the issue in Parliament on Monday. Demanding a reply from the Prime Minister, the CPI (M) leader asked how can anyone say that files went missing?

 Criticizing the government, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and Lok Sabha member Gurudas Dasgupta said that this act of government only proves how miserably it is trying to hide the facts of its own illegalities. This stand by the government has been taken after the Supreme Court ordered the government to furnish all missing records and files to the CBI.