BJP corners PM on missing coal block files, wants his reply in Parliament

ManmohanSoniaPrime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. (PTI photo)

The issue of missing files relating to coalgate paralysed proceedings in Parliament on Tuesday with BJP demanding an immediate response from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, even as the government said it will leave no stone unturned in tracing the documents.

All efforts to be made to trace missing coal block files: Govt

Amid cries of "shame-shame" and "pradhan mantri jawab do", Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj raised the issue and said the Prime Minister should come to the House and assure members that the CBI probe will not be hampered due to the missing files.

She said as the Prime Minister had recently taken full responsibility in the Lok Sabha, it was incumbent upon him to take the House into confidence as to what had happened to the 147 missing files.

Related: Opposition uproar in Rajya Sabha over missing Coal Ministry files

Claiming that the files included applications for coal blocks, she alleged that they have gone missing as some big shots of the Congress were involved.

Swaraj wanted the Speaker to direct the Prime Minister to come to the House and make a statement. Singh had held the coal portfolio from 2006 to 2009 when the coal blocks were allocated.

Related: Jaiswal admits to missing files on coal block allocations

Rajya Sabha also witnessed uproar after which Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal made a statement saying that a committee has been constituted to go into the issue of missing files which has held two meetings.

"I would like to assure the House that my ministry would leave no stone unturned in tracing and providing the documents sought by the CBI," he said.

Jaiswal said he was ready to undergo any punishment if his involvement was established.

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