Coal scam: CBI registers fresh case against Hindalco

NEW DELHI:
CBI has registered a fresh case in the coal block allocation scam against Indal (now Hindalco, Aditya Birla group) in connection with the allocation of Talabira-I coal block, twenty years ago.
The agency today carried out search operations at four places including one in Mumbai and three places in Sambalpur, Odisha after registering the case, CBI sources said.
It is alleged that the coal was used by the company in an unauthorised manner in the existing power plant whereas the allocation was done for expanding the capacity of new power plant, the sources said.
The agency has also alleged that mining was started by the company wihout obtaining the mandatory permission.
The sources said agency has named Indal (now Hindalco) and unknown public servants in connection with the case.
Public servants, the agency alleged, facilitated the illegal operations by not taking action against unauthorised use despite their knowledge.
Talabira-I coal block in IB valley in Odisha, with nearly 22.55 million tonnes of geological reserves, was allotted to Indal on February 25, 1994. (AGENCIES)

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