The agency yesterday registered a case of criminal conspiracy and cheating against the company and unidentified persons.
Lashing out at former prime minister Manmohan Singh for his criticism of demonetisation, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said it was the UPA government who did the "height of organised loot" and "mismanagement of economy" in allocation of coal blocks.
"A meeting of the technical committee (TC)...is scheduled to be held on November 11, 2016...for examination/evaluation, as per the Terms of Reference of the TC, of applications as received in response to (Coal) Ministry's Notice inviting applications," a notice issued by the ministry said.
Government has approved the request of Reliance Power to mortgage coal blocks attached to Sasan UMPP to lenders of the plant.
"Audit could not draw an assurance that the potential level of competition was achieved during...bidding of 11 coal mines auctioned in the first two tranches," Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in the latest report on e-auction of coal mines.
The secretary further said at present there are no plans for opening up the sector to private parties and the government will consider on the same as the demand for coal picks up.
Eight out of the 16 mines will be allocated to the host states (where the mine is located) and the balance will be for non-host states, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said.
Also, a sum of Rs 162.46 crore has been transferred to the state governments of coal bearing states viz. Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal on account of monthly payment (up to October, 2015), the official added.
"The government has decided to allot Talabira-II and -III coal blocks in Odisha to Neyveli Lignite Corporation," an official said.
The Minister also said the private players who will be shortlisted for the revival of closed fertiliser plants in Sindri and other places would also be able bid for coal blocks for manufacturing urea.
In a written reply, Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal informed the Lok Sabha that the upfront payment from auction of coal blocks is Rs 341.78 crore.
Government is clear on its investments especially in the manufacturing sector, Rupesh Patel, Fund Manager, Tata Mutual Fund told CNBC-TV18.
Owners of operational coal blocks, which were cancelled by the Supreme Court, will have to shell out nearly Rs 10,500 crore as additional levy.
JSPL‘s Naveen Jindal, Madhu Koda â€“ ex Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Dasari Narayan Rao, the Minister of State (MoS) coal at the time when the coal allocation was done and ex coal secretary SC Gupta have been named in the chargesheet.
The coal production from captive mines more or less measured up to the government's estimate, which stood at 52.9 million tonnes (MT) last fiscal. The output registered an increase of 34 percent amid a widening gap between demand and supply of coal.
The court had April 1 also said that for the purpose of investigation in other cases, photocopies of these original documents should be retained by the agency.
The auctions and allotments of 67 coal blocks so far has unlocked a total value of nearly Rs 4,00,000 crore, a senior coal ministry official said today.
The Coal Ministry had earlier received 107 applications from public sector undertakings (PSUs) like NTPC Ltd, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), Damodar Valley Corp (DVC) and Neyveli Lignite Corp (NLC) for allocation of 43 coal blocks.
According to sources, the govt may not seek IMC deliberation on 5 coal blocks auctioned in phase 2
Swarup however declined to say if the government suspected cartelization, adding that it was too early to say if the bids for these 8 blocks would be cancelled
The court on March 2 had summoned RSPL and its three top officials as accused in the coal scam case pertaining to the alleged irregularities in allocation of Kesla North coal block in Chhattisgarh to the company for alleged offences under sections 120-B(criminal conspiracy) and 420(cheating) of IPC.
The amendment has run into trouble, with most parties, including allies of the ruling BJP, terming the decision to remove the clause that requires more-than-a-majority approval for land to be acquired for five sectors as 'anti-farmer'.
The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015, would replace two ordinances issued by the government -- the first on October 21 last year and the other in December, after the apex court cancelled the allocation of 204 blocks.
The Coal Ministry has written a letter to the nominated authority who is conducting the coal blocks‘ e-auction asking for re-examination of the process of these coal blocks.
The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015, was introduced by Coal Minister Piyush Goyal who insisted that the government was forced to go in for the ordinance in the wake of the apex court order cancelling allocation of certain coal blocks and issuing directions with regard to them.