Coal report: In submission to Supreme Court, CBI listed govt changes

FPKumar

What is evident at least in the case of the Law Minister is that to be able to do such a listing, the agency must have in its possession the markings and changes he personally suggested to the CBI's draft report.

Besides the Law Minister, two bureaucrats of the PMO and Coal Ministry also sat in conference with the CBI over contents of the status report and suggested further amendments after the first-stage changes were made.

Sources said that the CBI had sought legal advice on what all should be submitted before the apex court, including from their counsel in the case, U R Lalit. Based on this, a decision was taken to inform the judges of the precise amendments made, seperately by the minister and bureaucrats.

It is the first time the CBI director has been asked to submit an affidavit on oath on the impartiality of its probe, and the agency, it seems, instead of putting off scrutiny of the amendments for a future hearing decided to place all the facts before the Bench in one go.

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