19 May, 2021

Coaldust On Them Whites

Tollywood’s dream merchant can’t whitewash his dubious role in Coalgate when he was MoS

A. Prabhakar Rao
Coaldust On Them Whites

Dasari’s Coalgate Brush

  • Congress MP Naveen Jindal and Dasari have been named as accused in an FIR filed by CBI in connection with the coal block allocation scam.
  • Dasari’s company Sowbhagya Media has been booked for alleged cheating and misrepresentation of facts in bagging Amarkonda Murgadangal block in Birbhum district of Jharkhand in ’08.
  • The CBI has alleged that Sowbhagya Media received Rs 2.25 crore as camouflaged investment from one of the Jindal firms within a year of allocating him a coal block.
  • Then law minister H.R. Bhardwaj and Rao, the MoS, were responsible for nixing former coal secretary P.C. Parakh’s moves in 2004 to introduce the auction system for allocation of coal blocks through an ordinance.


The best place to spot Dasari Narayana Rao is at one of the innumerable film functions in Hyderabad. He is the man who wields the mike for the longest time, often talking about his contribution to Telugu cinema and...

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