The Centre has rejected the CBI’s request to probe the role of former Coal Secretary S C Gupta in the coal blocks allocation scam.
The issue grabbed headlines last year after the CAG report stated that the central exchequer had suffered a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore due to the irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.
Gupta was posted in the Ministry of Coal from 2006 to 2009 and was part of the screening committee, which awarded 68 coal blocks to 151 companies from 2006 to 2009.
According to Section 6 A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, the CBI cannot conduct an inquiry into any offence alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1998 without prior approval of the Centre, where the allegations are against Central government employees of the level of joint secretary or above.
The investigating agency has so far registered 10 FIRs in connection with the coal scam. Several companies have been booked for cheating, forgery and misrepresentation of facts while filing their applications for the coal blocks.