Maharashtra minister denies role in coal block cases

September 5th, 2012 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Nashik (Maharashtra), Sep 5 (IANS) Maharashtra minister Rajendra Darda Wednesday said he had nothing to do with the company booked by the CBI over irregularities in coal block allocations.

The minister’s elder brother, Vijay Darda, a Congress MP, and 17 executives of five private companies, have been named in the First Information Reports (FIRs) filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Without naming the company, Darda said he had purchased its shares and then returned them.

“I had bought the company’s shares worth Rs.1 lakh in 2006 and returned them in 2008. Now, I have no relations with the company,” said Darda, the primary education minister, after a Teacher’s Day function here attended by Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

The five companies named in the FIRs are AMR Iron and Steel, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog, Navabharat Power, JLD Yavatmal Energy and JAS Infrastructure Capital.

The Darda family is said to be closely associated with JLD Yavatmal.

Darda said he was open to a CBI inquiry.

“It is a good thing that the CBI is probing the case and I will face an inquiry if the CBI approaches me,” he told reporters here.

Asked if he will quit from his post, Darda said there was no question of resignation.

“I have not been asked to resign by the party high command. I’m attending this function with the chief minister and other leaders of the party,” he said.

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