Amid corruption probe, India coal ministry loses evidence
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's opposition angrily denounced the government on Monday after the coal ministry admitted it had lost some files and was unable to turn them over to a high-profile corruption enquiry.
The federal Central Bureau of Investigation is investigating how the coal ministry, which was headed by current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from 2004-2009, allocated mining licences.
The national auditor alleged last year that the ministry had given away tens of billions of dollars in windfall gains to 100 private and some state-run firms - sparking a police investigation into whether kickbacks were paid in exchange.
Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal admitted on Saturday that some files from 1993 to 2004 were missing and that a committee headed by a senior ministry official was investigating the matter.