Coal report was shared with Law Minister, CBI tells Supreme Court
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CBI Director Ranjit Sinha admitted before the Supreme Court that the agency's probe report in coal block allocation case was shared with Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and officials of Prime Minister's office and Coal ministry.
The Indian Express had first reported that the CBI's status report of March 8 was vetted by the Union Law Minister and PMO officials even though the CBI's counsel told the court that it was not shared with any political executive.
After this statement from ASG H P Raval, a bench led by Justice R M Lodha had sought the director's affidavit, ensuring there was no intervention of government with the filing of the probe reports in the court.
However, Sinha made it clear in his latest affidavit that the last report was indeed shared with Kumar and two joint secretary-level officers from the PMO and coal ministry 'as desired by them.' Sinha also assured the court that such reports will not be shared with any political executive in future.
"I submit that the draft (status report)of the same was shared with Law Minister as desired by him prior to its submission before the Supreme Court. It was also shared with one joint secretary-level officer each of Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Coal as desired by them," the affidavit said.