Now, it is in public domain that in July 2004, PC Parakh had warned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the scam in the making if the old policy of coal block allocation was followed. Parakh registered his opposition to the existing method of coal block allocation in writing categorically saying that the award of captive coal blocks could result in windfall profits for the beneficiary corporate houses.
If still not less than 142 coal blocks were allocated under Manmohan Singh’s nose, where is the culpability of Parakh? Clearly, he was overruled by the Prime Minister or his office.
Incidentally, PC Parakh had also strongly objected to and lodged a protest with the Prime Minister against political interference in the coal ministry and the intrusive role played by the then minister of state for coal Dasari Narayana Rao. There is no doubt left that Parakh tried his best as the coal secretary to defuse coalgate, but the political masters went unhindered.
It should also be recalled that PC Pararkh’s successor in the coal ministry as secretary, H C Gupta had taken cue from Parakh and continued opposition to the existing policy of coal block allocation. It is again in the public domain that on April 7, 2006, HC Gupta strongly opposed at a meeting held in PMO the manner in which coal blocks were being allocated.
He said that there was no legal basis for allocation of coal blocks by a screening committee as was being done then. It is no surprise that Gupta is also facing investigation for his alleged involvement in the coalgate scam.
This takes us to the moot point that all the pawns and commanders are being sacrificed in the hope to save the king. Now, one the valiant commanders has threatened to reveal the fortified secrets of the kingdom in an unambiguous signal to the king and the kingmaker that he is not okay with the idea of becoming the sacrificial lamb for the safety of the throne. That, the commander will not go without offering a fight.