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Coal chapter in Parakh book

DC | October 17, 2013, 08.55 am IST


Hyderabad: Former coal secretary P.C. Parakh, who has been named by the CBI in the coal block allocation scam, has said that his stint in the coal ministry forms a chapter in his memoirs that he is currently writing.

CBI sleuths, who searched the IAS officer’s Jagruthi Residency flat in East Marredpally in Secunderabad on Tuesday, took photostat copies of documents related to the book, which is almost complete.

Parakh said, “I am writing my memoirs so that it will be a guide for young IAS officers.”

Copy of Soren letter was for my book: Parakh

Speaking about documents related to his memoir, former coal secretary P.C. Parakh said, “The CBI took some documents though not related to this particular case. I kept those documents with me for writing a memoir on my tenure in the coal ministry. They found nothing related to this case.’

“The documents include some RTI reply copies. I had filed an RTI application earlier and had received a copy of a letter written to the PM by the then minister for coal, Shibu Soren, against me. I had asked for a copy for my book. Initially the RTI application was rejected but later I went to the appellate authority and it was provided,” he said.

Parakh added that as coal secretary, he had tried to make the coal block allocation process transparent by recommending open auctions and e-auctions by amending the relevant Act. The CAG had reported about these efforts. “Shibu Soren was opposed to the idea,” he said.

In his book, Mr Parakh has written about his career as an IAS officer, starting as an assistant collector in West Godavari district during training, joint collector at Ongole and Chitoor and as collector of Karimna-gar, Kurnool and director of civil supplies and special officer of Land Ceiling and other important portfolios. He also headed the enquiry committee for mine disaster.
“After 30 years of working in various departments and serving the state and country, it is painful to face these kind of charges,” he said.

“It (CBI’s FIR) sends a wrong signal to young IAS officials as this is an unhealthy and demoralising move,” he said.

“Two to three months back, I went to Delhi and they showed me all the files pertaining to the  allocations. They asked me about the inclusion of Hindalco in the allocation and I explained ever-ything. I never thought I would be blamed for criminal activity,” he added.

He said that other allocations for which the CBI had issued FIRs were not done during his tenure.


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