Maharashtra: Chanda cops to verify use of subsidized coal by industries

Local crime branch has intensified probe into the alleged coal scam and has dispatched four teams to industries that are suspected to be involved in sale of subsidized coal in open market at premium rates.

LCB in-charge PI Omprakash Kokate informed that cops had summoned representatives of the industries that had lifted the coal from mines for questioning. However, as none of the industries responded, a team each has been dispatched to four separate districts to investigate the records of subsidized coal taken and utilized by the beneficiary units.

Kokate claimed that seven companies under scanner are Geeta Refinery, Bhumi Cotex and Asthlaxmi Reloading Pvt Ltd from Jalna, Roshan Linework from Rajur in Yavatmal district, Ram-Ratan Casting, Nagpur, Umesh Boards and Paper Mills of Aurangabad and Shri Minerals and Chemicals, Bhandara.

“Our teams are going to visit the industries in Jalna, Bhandara, Yavatmal and Nagpur. Cops will verify the records related to lifting of subsidized coal, transportation procedure, stock and utilization,” said Kokate.

LCB team had detained 26 trucks loaded with subsidized coal at a private coal depot near Nagada village on Tuesday. The coal was allotted to seven industries by Maharashtra State Mining Corporation (MSMC) at subsidized rate for industrial use. However, the coal was taken to the private depot where the LCB team conducted the raid.

Meanwhile, the deadlock over filing of the complaint continues between the LCB and MSMC as the corporation officials are not willing to file any report without their own inquiry into the alleged malpractice.

MSMC general manager Premchand Tembhre said the utilization committee would check the record of coal lifted by the concerned company and its utilization during recent months. “Only after procedural inquiry, we will decide if there is any illegality involved in dumping of coal at private coal depot,” he said.

Though the LCB is continuing probe, it is not willing to file suo motu complaint. “The government agency responsible for ensuring that subsidized coal allocated to industrial units is not misused or sold in market should file the complaint.

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