Supreme Court slams CBI on coal gate report

Published on Apr 30 2013 // Political News

The Supreme Court today termed as “very disturbing” the CBI affidavit on sharing its report with the Law Minister and others.

A bench headed by Justice R.M. Lodha observed that “suppression” of the fact that CBI has shared its probe report with the government is “not ordinary.

The 2 page affidavit filed on April 26 by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha had said that the agency’s status report on coal allocation scam was “shared” with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and senior officials of PMO and Coal Ministry “as desired by them”.

The Supreme Court said that sharing of information with the government about the probe into the scam has “shaken the entire process” and CBI need not take instructions from “political masters” on their probe.

“Our first exercise will be to liberate CBI from political interference,” the bench said.

Sinha’s affidavit had contradicted the claim made by Additional Solicitor-General Haren Raval on behalf of the CBI on March 12 that the probe report in the scam has not been shared with any member of the government and it has only been shared with the Supreme Court after being vetted by the CBI Director.

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