The government for its part maintains that the allocation of the blocks was done in accordance with the law of the land and the nation’s best interest was kept in mind during the course of the process. But accusations have been leveled that the state governments and other entities had more say in the so called “best interest” of the nation than is let on.
Image: Laborers load coal onto trucks at a coal depot on the outskirts of Jammu,Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The BJP is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after an audit found the government lost huge sums of money by selling coal fields without competitive bidding. The auditor's report estimated that private companies got a windfall profit of Rs 1.86 lakh crores because of the low prices they paid for the coal fields. (AP)