Government to locate missing coal files by September 10: Jaiswal
Under attack for several files pertaining to coal block allocations going missing, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Thursday said he has asked officials to locate the missing papers by Tuesday and hinted the CBI may be asked to look into the case after that.
Jaiswal was evasive about the number of files that are still missing.
"I had a meeting with officials of different ministries regarding missing files...The next meeting is scheduled for September 10 (to take stock of files traced and those still missing)," he told reporters here.
A list of files missing even after Tuesday "will be handed over to the CBI," he said, without elaborating.
Asked if his Ministry would lodge an FIR in case the files remained untraceable by Tuesday, Jaiswal said, "If any complaint is made with CBI, consider it as FIR."
The issue of missing files snowballed into a controversy in Parliament even as the Supreme Court directed the CBI to furnish a comprehensive list of documents/files/information that are yet to be received from the government.
The Coal Ministry said in a statement today that Jaiswal had directed ministries and departments concerned to locate the missing files even if it meant working over the weekend.
Slamming the Centre for not lodging FIRs on the missing files, the apex court had on August 29 given two weeks to the government to make available the requisitioned documents, a list of which has been given by the CBI to the Coal Ministry on September 2 and 4.