Did Ex-PM Manmohan Singh Forgo Duties As Coal Minister? Deputy Approved Coal Block Allocation, Says Probe Report

Did Ex-PM Manmohan Singh Forgo Duties As Coal Minister? Deputy Approved Coal Block Allocation, Says Probe Report

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was so keen to be kept at arm’s length from anything unsavoury either in the 2G or the coal block allocation scam, that he chose to depute his job as coal minister to his deputy TKA Nair. These are some of the many shocking facts that have been highlighted in the ML Sharma Committee report submitted to the Supreme Court earlier this year. India Today has accessed details of the report.

One coal block allocated to then Member of Parliament, Vijay Darda, was actually allocated by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, TKA Nair. “The file was not put up to the Prime Minister and was cleared by TKA Nair, the then Principal Secretary to PM and the Ministry of Coal was informed accordingly”, says the report. In government parlance, this is being considered as complete violation of the powers of the Executive.

Manmohan Singh was coal minister when this coal block was allocated. Top CBI officials say the fact that coal blocks were being allocated by the Prime Minister’s PS is now being investigated afresh. “The files have been examined and it does appear that the coal block was allocated to the AMR group, not by the Prime Minister, but by an officer in the PMO. The file was not even signed on behalf of the PM. These are some of the many issues that are now being looked at afresh.” Read More…

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