AAP Says Union Govt Had Wanted Probe Into Adani Coal 'Diversion' Last Year

Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh showed a purported letter the then additional power secretary had written to the Union coal ministry and the Gujarat government, calling for an investigation into violation of Adani Enterprises' electricity commitments.

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party has claimed that the Union power ministry had called for an investigation into the Adani Enterprises Limited’s alleged diversion of coal extracted from Chhattisgarh to one of its other power plants.

In a press conference on March 4, AAP’s spokesperson Sanjay Singh said that the Union government had wanted to investigate claims that Adani Enterprises was extracting coal from Chhattisgarh as part of a joint venture with the Rajasthan government but was diverting it to another plant owned by the company by claiming they were washery rejects.

The press conference was reported on by the news agency PTI. AAP’s party handle and its leaders also tweeted videos from it.

Singh asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi as to why central agencies had not targeted Adani. AAP has amped its criticism of the Union government under Modi and its use of central agencies against opposition leaders since its senior leader and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation over the Delhi liquor excise duty scam.

AAP’s Singh also claimed that last year the then additional power secretary had written to the Union coal ministry and the Gujarat government, recommending an investigation into the claim that Gautam Adani’s company had flouted an agreement to provide 150 megawatts of power to the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. The letter said that the company sold the coal to power exchanges at a higher rate during the coal crisis.

Separately, the news agency PTI has reported on the Gujarat government having noted in the state assembly that it purchased 11596 million units of electricity worth Rs 8,160 crore from Adani Power Limited between 2021 and 2022 at tariff rates that were revised upwards from R 2.83 to Rs 8.83 per unit. State energy minister Kanu Desai said this in response to a question by AAP MLA Hemant Ahir.

A day before levelling the allegations, on Friday, March 3, Singh had said that Adani was extracting coal from the Parsa and Kente extensions of Chhattisgarh in alleged violation of the Supreme Court’s order in 2014 and a law enacted in 2015, cancelling the allocation of the blocks.