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evading duty and supplying inferior coal. In his letter, Singh wrote that he called up BORL managing director B K Das in the MP’s presence and Das “expressed total satisfaction with the coal supply”. Singh then told Khaire that he couldn’t “interfere in the matter” as the decision lay with BORL’s board-appointed committee of which he was not a member.
When contacted, Singh declined to comment.
Khaire claimed he had not called Singh to his house on August 5 but had agreed to Singh’s request for the meeting after “some politicians” requested him to do so.
“I asked him (R K Singh) to work as per the law. I told him that while Gandhar was evading duty, the second lowest bidder was not technically qualified,” Khaire told The Indian Express.
MBG Commodities, earlier known as Maheshwari Brothers Group, is owned by the Mandhani family with Bijay Mandhani as its managing director. It describes itself as importers-exporters of solid fuels and suppliers of coal, asphalt and petroleum products. In response to a message, Bijay Mandhani’s office said he was unavailable.