Butthe CBI action runs counter to the recommendations of theAdministrative Reforms Commission. Autonomy for an institution likethe CBI does not mean license to do whatever it wants to do withoutbeing accountable.
Dr.JP pointed out that allocation of coal mines as per the prevailingpolicy without indulging in corruption cannot be construed asconspiracy. Parakh allocated the coal mine jointly to first applicantHindalco and two public sector undertakings for captive mining.
Dr.JP recalled that the LokSatta has all along demanded that scarcenatural resources like coal and iron ore be allocated only throughopen, competitive bidding to give no scope for nepotism andcorruption.
Whenall others demanded punishment to A. Raja, the then Union TelecomMinister and others guilty of arbitrary allocation of 2G spectrumlicenses, only the Lok Satta in association with some prominentcitizens approached the Supreme Court and succeeded in getting thelicenses cancelled and paved way for allocation of scare resourcesthrough competitive bidding.
Officialswho allocate mines as per the existing policy without indulging incorruption cannot be accused of conspiracy by anybody, Dr. JPsaid.
Dr. JPdemanded that the Central Vigilance Commission which has jurisdictionover the CBI should intervene in the false case against Parakhforthwith. He also wanted immediate ushering in of the policy ofallocating sparse natural resources through competitive bidding.
Stepsshould be taken to facilitate immediate mining of coal from blockswhich had been allocated transparently without any taint ofcorruption. Dr. JP said he would write to the CVC seeking actionagainst CBI officials who foisted the case of conspiracy against PCParakh, reputed for his probity.