Hindalco industries shares gain after PM's comments on coal block allocation

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Hindalco said last week it was being investigated in a coal block allocation case. (AP) Hindalco said last week it was being investigated in a coal block allocation case. (AP)
SummaryThe scandal surfaced after an auditor's report last year questioning the government's practice of awarding coal mining concessions to companies without competitive bidding.

Shares in Hindalco Industries Ltd gain as much as 3 percent after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office says he is satisfied with the outcome of the process of allocating coal blocks to certain companies, dealers say.

The comments were the first attributed to Singh since a case was filed this week against three companies in a scandal, dubbed 'Coalgate'. The scandal surfaced after an auditor's report last year questioning the government's practice of awarding coal mining concessions to companies without competitive bidding.

Hindalco said last week it was being investigated in a coal block allocation case and it followed every process required in the coal block allocation.

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