Coal block allocation scam: K M Birla named in CBI's report

Alleged to have met the then coal secretary to influence him for allocation of a coal block

The 14th first information report (FIR) in the alleged coal block allocation scam has named industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla as an accused, along with the government’s former coal secretary P C Parekh, for alleged criminal conspiracy and abuse of official position. According to a senior CBI official, the agency has found Birla had met Parekh to push for the allocation of the Talabira II coal block in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district in the second half of 2005. CBI has alleged Birla’s company was accommodated in the said coal block, though the provisions ...