Nileena MS, a reporting fellow with The Caravan, has won the prestigious ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism in print/online category for the year 2018. She was nominated for her story titled “Coalgate 2.0: The Adani Group reaps benefits worth thousands of crores of rupees as the coal scam continues under the Modi government.”
Nileena’s article appeared in the March 2018 issue of The Caravan, as its cover story. Her investigative piece revealed how a joint venture between Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited—a power corporation of the Rajasthan Government—and Adani Enterprises Limited continues to function on the basis of agreements that pre-date a landmark Supreme Court judgement from September 2014. The judgement cancelled nearly all existing permissions for captive mining of coal blocks, and was widely seen as having halted the “Coalgate” scam, The court’s decision had led to the dissolution of partnerships between state-owned enterprises and private companies across the country that mostly favored corporate profit over public good.
The ACJ award comprises a trophy, citation and a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.