CBI to respond to Madhu Koda’s plea on Thursday

New Delhi, Sep.2 : CBI will respond on Thursday to Madhu Koda’s plea seeking summoning of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as accused in the Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) coal scam case.

The former Jharkhand chief minister had moved an application last month in court that sought the summoning of former prime minister as an accused in a coal block allocation case.

The massive irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks came to light in 2012 after the national auditor said Rs. 1.86 lakh crore had been lost as the blocks had been distributed without a transparent bidding process.

Most of these allocations have been made by the erstwhile UPA Government. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had also been summoned in one of the cases, received a reprieve from the Supreme Court in April.

Last year, the Supreme Court declared nearly 300 coal licenses issued since 1993 as illegal. After coming to power, the Narendra Modi-led Government has auctioned 32 coal blocks. (ANI)