CBI showed coal report to AG after Law Minister Ashwani Kumar's changes

FP

Hours after Law Minister Ashwani Kumar examined the CBI's coal blocks allotment probe report and got changes made in it, Attorney General G E Vahanvati held a meeting with at least one top CBI official, it has emerged.

CBI director Ranjit Sinha could mention details of this meeting in the affidavit he is due to file in the Supreme Court on May 6.

Sources said that after Sinha met Kumar on March 6, another meeting was held at Vahanvati's residence the same evening. This meeting was attended by CBI joint director O P Galhotra and the then Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval.

Reached for his comment on the second meeting, Vahanvati said: "On March 6, I left early from the law minister's meeting. The minister said that the draft report should be shown to me and it was in this context that the CBI officials came to my house. I just glanced through the report and did not make any changes," he said.

As the attorney general, he was entitled to meet CBI officials, Vahanvati added.

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