In a press statement, alleging that Anil Ambani of Reliance Power used his personal influence thereby to grab millions of tons of coal, and divert it for illegal profiteering, Dr Swamy asked, “Is Shri Pranab Mukherjee seeking to be India’s President or Reliance’s President?”
He recalled that Reliance Power had won the Sasan UMPP Power Project based on Moher, Moher-Amlori Extn. and Chatrasal captive coal blocks to meet fuel requirements of Sasan UMPP. The Empowered Group of Ministers in 2008 used its discretionary powers to permit Reliance Power to divert incremental coal from captive coal blocks to its Chitrangi Power Project. It was blatant misuse of powers which was pointed out by CAG as a scam to the tune of Rs.16000 Crores.
Stating that all relevant ministries had taken the stand for immediate withdrawal of earlier permission given to Reliance Power for use of surplus coal, and de-allocation of Chatrasal coal block, Dr Swamy said that Mukherjee as Chairman of EGoM allowed diversion of surplus coal to Reliance Power’s Chitrangi project for support in ensuing Presidential election.
Accordingly, he said Pranab Mukherjee bulldozed all participants of EGoM meeting held on 28th April 2012, using his powers as Chairman disregarding recommendations of relevant ministries. For this Pranab Mukherjee obtained a flimsy opinion from a Senior Law Officer on the subject of diversion of “incremental” coal from captive coal blocks to Chitrangi power project. On the premises that Article 39(b) of the Constitution required that the State shall in particular direct its policy towards securing that the ownership and control of the material resources of the community are so distributed as best to sub-serve the common good!! That Reliance’s uncommon good and profit.
Further, Chitrangi power project tariff is Rs.2.45/Kwh where Sasan power project tariff is Rs. 1.19/Kwh. Reliance Power has not yet signed PPA with Govt. of Madhya Pradesh for supply of power from Chitrangi project leaving scope for profiteering at much higher tariff later, he added.
The Janata Party chief pointed out that the MP CM has written a letter to Government in protest. Besides, he said already Mr. Mukherjee is under a cloud for fraud in the submission of forms for Presidential candidacy. Now more skeletons are tumbling out of his closet, he alleged.
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