A four-member CBI team raided the home of former Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) official A.K. Chowdhry at Bermo in Bokaro on Sunday in connection with the coal shortage scam of 2010.
The CBI team led by DSP Umesh Kumar reached Chowdhry’s residence around 7am and scanned different documents and files kept in the house for more than four hours, before finally leaving at 11am with some papers.
Notably, Sunday’s raid was a continuation of similar searches conducted on May 23 at the offices and homes of former project officers S.K. Singh and Virendra Singh, former mining staff officer B.K. Jha besides the office of Chowdhry, a former project officer at Bermo.
Chowdhry’s house, however, could not be raided on May 23 and CBI officials had sealed the premises as the former official was not present. The 12 member CBI team had then seized some important documents besides computer discs from the offices and homes of the raided officials.
Notably, the scam related to shortage of 12.75 million tonne coal at CCL’s Dhori colliery was first detected by the vigilance department of CCL in 2010, following which the matter was referred by the coal ministry to the CBI for further investigation.
Speaking to The Telegraph, CBI SP S.K. Maji confirmed the raid. “As Chowdhry was away at his native place during the raid on May 23, we only sealed his residence and again raided his house in his presence when he informed us that he had come back to Bokaro,” he said.