Agency registers PE to probe allocation to a power project
Press Trust of India
New Delhi, 15 November
CBI has registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) to probe coal block allocation to a power project in Sasan in Madhya Pradesh run by Anil Ambani&’s ADAG, making it the 14th such enquiry covering various business houses including Tata and Unitech.
The PE was registered on the directions of Supreme Court which had asked the CBI to probe 14 issues which included supply of low floor buses by Tata motors to Tamil Nadu government, grant of spectrum and alleged market manipulations and hammering of stocks by Unitech.
Other PEs registered by the CBI also included alleged favours shown to the then Director General(Hydro Carbons) by Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, working of touts and
middlemen in aviation sector and income tax officials for alleged abuse of their official position.
CBI sources said today that the PE had been registered to probe allotment of coal blocks to Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project run by ADAG and that the agency would have to file a status report to the Supreme Court by 15 December.
ADAG spokesperson said in a statement that “we welcome the independent time-bound enquiries by the CBI, monitored by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, which will clearly establish our bona fides, and once and for all prove beyond doubt that we have been the unfortunate victims of a mischievous campaign of calumny and vilification conducted at the behest of our unscrupulous corporate rivals over the past 5 years.”
“The allocation of coal mines to the Sasan project was done to a 100 per cent Government-owned company in the year 2006,” the statement said.