Vedanta, Tata, ArcelorMittal and Adani are among a hundred companies, said to have benefited from the “fixing” of recent Indian coal contracts – to the tune of US$210 billion. Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has argued that newspaper reports on the “scam” are “misleading”. However, there are allegations that Tata had engineered the diversion of coal resources from state-owned Coal of India Ltd itself. At a recent meeting, convened by the National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements, 500 people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh highlighted their own struggles against destructive coal-fired power plants, demanding the revocation of an “illegal clearance” granted to Adani Thermal.