Coalgate: CBI names Kumar Mangalam Birla, NALCO, HINDALCO in fresh FIR


New Delhi: In another high profile chargesheet in the coal scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation has named Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla in its 14th FIR in the case. FIRs have been filed against Kumar Mangalam Birla, NALCO, HINDALCO and former secretary coal PC Parakh. Cases of cheating, forgery and financial misrepresentation have been filed.

CBI searches are also on in Delhi, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Mumbai in connection with the coal scam. Sources say that in the FIR against Birla, the name of the concerned coal block in question is Talabira II in the Jasakuda district of Odisha. This coal block was allocated in 2005.

The Aditya Birla Group has issued a statement saying, “Did not receive any FIR copy and there is no reason for it.” The FIR says HINDALCO did not fulfill requirements of coal block but was unduly favoured by the government.

Earlier Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal was summoned by the CBI in September and was subjected to some intense scrutiny. Naveen has been named as an accused in the twelfth FIR of the CBI in coal scan. The CBI in its FIR has said that Naveen’s company, Jindal Group, was not recommended by the Jharkhand government. The FIR also accused him of misrepresentation of facts.


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