Indian parliament adjourned over $33 billion coal scandal

  • India's parliament was adjourned on Tuesday after opposition MPs called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to step down following a recent report that the country lost $33 billion by selling coalfields cheaply.

    According to the report released by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) last week, coalfields were allotted without auction from 2005 to 2009.

    Although the CAG has exonerated Singh, his political opponents held him directly responsible as he was heading the coal ministry at the time.

    The report is the latest in a series of financial scandals to hit Singh and his Congress-led government.