little, he should come out clean now, make public statements of how files were disposed off at that time (when the PM was in charge of the Coal Ministry).
"...how chits were received from Congress party headquarters in the PMO and PMO transmitted those instructions to the coal ministry for allotment of coal blocks," he said. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said it was "ridiculous" that Parakh, a whistleblower and one who suggested correction in the system and introduction of competitive bidding, is being accused while the Prime Minister, who was the final authority, is not being held responsible.
Congress said the matter is under investigation and is being monitored by the Supreme Court.
"Unnecessary speculation," should be avoided, Union Minister Manish Tewari said, adding that Government has been "fully cooperating" on the issue.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said while Parakh was a free man, whatever he has to say on the matter should be before the CBI.
CBI named 46-year-old Birla, chairman of Aditya Birla Group, along with Parekh and unknown persons and officials of Hindalco and Coal Ministry in the FIR, the 14th in the multi-crore scandal, for alleged criminal conspiracy and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Birla, Parekh and other accused will be called in for questioning, CBI sources said.
Birla has been named since the decision to accommodate Hindalco in the coal block, meant for PSUs only, was taken after he had a meeting with Parekh in the latter half of 2005.
The USD 40 billion (Rs.2.45 lakh crore) conglomerate has denied receiving any FIR and said the allegations against Birla were "preposterous".
Parakh said there were two applicants for the two coal blocks, the first was Hindalco and the second was Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC).
Since NLC was a state-owned company, the Screening Committee under the Coal Ministry decided to make the allocation to it.
"At that point of time, Mr.Birla made a presentation to the Prime Minister, saying since his company was the first applicant for the coal block and was equally eligible and competent for allocation....therefore the decision should be reconsidered," Parakh said.
He said Birla had also met him with a