Union government was asked by the Supreme Court to explain the procedure and methodology adopted for the allocation of 164 coal blocks.
The apex court asked the central government to submit an affidavit, along with supporting material, explaining the above details.
The court passed this order after going through the status report submitted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating the allocation of coal blocks.
The report shows that the coal ministry and the screening committee adopted an arbitrary procedure for allocation of the coal blocks.
Further, the report mentioned that no material was available on the decision-making process of the coal ministry and the minutes of meetings between the ministry and the committee were either not maintained or were sketchy.