CBI tightens grip on mining baron Manoj Jayaswal

Written by Rajat Arora | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 8 2012, 06:37am hrs
Files 3 FIRs against 3 firms promoted by Jayaswal Group

The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) is tightening the noose around Nagpur-based mining baron Manoj Jayaswal, 57, who has been booked in three FIRs filed by the CBI on Tuesday over the coal block allocation scandal.

While the CBI had earlier found three Jayaswal companies which have been allocated coal blocks to misrepresent facts and fudge balance sheets, sources said the agency is going to file FIRs against two other companies promoted by him Jayaswal Neco and Abhijeet Infrastructure.

Jayaswal and family cornered nine out of 64 coal blocks allocated through screening committee between 2006 and 2009. These coal blocks were allocated to five of his companies out which three have been booked. Jayaswal Neco and Corporate Ispat and Alloys (CIAL) are still being probed by the agency, said a source. The CBI will be summoning Jayaswal and his family for questioning next week.

The three Jayaswal companies booked by the CBI on Tuesday were AMR Iron & Steel, JLD Yavatmal energy and JAS Infrastructure.

Under CIAL, the Abhijeet Group promoted by Jayaswal is coming up with a 2.5 MTPA integrated steel plant along with 280 MW power plant in Jharkhand. The said project is backed by the Chitarpur captive coal block allocated to the company.

Along with Jayaswal, his business partner Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda and his son would also be questioned. On Tuesday, the offices of Jayaswal Neco and its associate companies were raided by the agency from where important documents and hardrives have been seized.

What makes us suspicious about his other business interests related to coal is that during our preliminary inquiry we found that for acquiring a coal block the Jayaswal Group lied to the ministry concerned that no coal blocks has been allocated to them. But, later it was found that six blocks had been allocated to the company, the CBI officer added.