Some of the politicians who were allegedly benefited from the coal block allocations are:
Mr. S. Jagathrakshan, Former Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, UPA
The family of the Minister of State was part owner of a company named JR Power Gen Pvt. Ltd which was awarded a coal block in Odisha in 2007. However, JR Power had no expertise in thermal power, iron and steel, or cement, the key sectors consuming coal.
Later, in 2010, JR Power sold 51% stake to KSK Energy Ventures, an established player with interests in the energy sector. In this way, the rights for the use of the coal block ultimately passed on to KSK. Mr. Jagathrakshakan has admitted to getting a coal block and giving it away to KSK Company.
Mr. Subodh Kant Sahay, Former Tourism Minister, UPA:
Based on his recommendations to the Prime Minister, a coal block was allotted to SKS Ispat and Power in 2008 where his brother was a share holder and director.
Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Industrialist & Rajaya Sabha MP, BJP:
Mr. Sancheti was a close friend and business associate of Mr. Nitin Gadhkari, ex BJP President. Mr. Sancheti's company SMS Infrastructure Ltd. was allegedly allocated coal blocks in Chhattisgarh at low rates. According to the CAG, the allocation of the coal block to SMS Infrastructure Ltd. has caused a loss of Rs 10 billion.
Vijay Darda, Congress MP and his brother Rajendra Darda, Maharashtra's education minister:
They have been accused of direct and active involvement in the affairs of three companies namely JLD Yavatmal Energy, JAS Infrastructure & Power Ltd., AMR Iron & Steel Pvt. Ltd, which received coal blocks illegally by means of inflating their financial statements and overriding the legal tender process.
Mr. Prem Chand Gupta, Leader of UPA partner RJD and Former minister for Corporate Affairs:
His sons' company, new in the steel business was allotted a coal block in 2009. The company IST Steel & Power, an associate company of the IST Group, is owned and run by Prem Chand Gupta's two sons along with cement majors Gujarat Ambuja and Lafarge. The block is believed to have coal reserves of 70.74 million tons.
Mr. Naveen Jindal, Congress MP:
Mr. Jindal's company Jindal Steel and Power got a coal field in February 2009 with reserves of 1500 million metric tones at the expense of government-run Coal India Ltd. On 15 September 2012, an Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) headed by Zohra Chatterji (Additional Secretary in Coal Ministry recommended cancellation of the allotment.
In 2004, coal secretary P C Parakh informed PM the potential fraud inherent in the discretionary allocation of the captive coal fields and objected to it in writing. Still all the 142 coal blocks were allocated without auction during the Prime Minister's tenure in the coal ministry. This indicates direct connivance or benign neglect on part of the Prime Minister.
The CBI has booked former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and Congress MP Naveen Jindal for alleged cheating, graft and criminal misconduct in its 12th FIR in the Coalgate case. Advocate M L Sharma has filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking to cancel the allotment of 194 coal blocks on grounds of arbitrariness, illegality, unconstitutionality and public interest. The case is being heard and monitored by the Supreme Court.
Disappearance of crucial 'coal' files
In a new twist to the case, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has admitted in the parliament that some files related to the coal block allocation scam are missing. The remarks that drew attack from opposition parties and parliament had to be suspended. He said that a committee headed by an Additional Secretary of the ministry is inquiring into how the files have gone missing.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on July 31, had said that at least five crucial files related to the allotment of coal blocks during 2006-09 have not been received by it despite providing specific details. They have also indicated that in the absence of the files it is impossible to complete the inquiry and prosecute the culprits.
Destruction of evidence is an offence under the IPC. Why does the CBI not file an FIR against the Coal Minister and his staff in the ministry? Will some one please file a PIL in Supreme Court pleading for it to direct CBI to file the FIR and launch prosecution against the minister for willfully destroying evidence to protect the Prime Minister and the arraigned politicians?