On eve of coal affidavit in Supreme Court, CBI chief visits Narayanasamy

FPCBI chief Ranjit Sinha drives out of V Narayanasamy’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday. Anil Sharma

A day before filing an affidavit before the Supreme Court stating whether the CBI's status report submitted to the court in a sealed cover on March 8 had been "shared with the political executive", CBI director Ranjit Sinha met with Union Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy at the minister's residence on Thursday. (Express exclusive: Govt vetted coal scam report, CBI will tell SC )

Narayanasamy is also minister of state in the PMO. The Ministry of Personnel is the administrative ministry in charge of CBI. The director spent about half an hour at Narayanasamy's Tughlak Crescent residence.

Narayansamy told The Indian Express that Sinha had come to invite him for a function at the CBI headquarters in the evening. But sources in the agency did not rule out the possibility of the two having discussed the affidavit.

The contents of the affidavit — and the Supreme Court's reaction to it — could decide the fate of union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar who had, at a meeting held in his office before the status report was filed in court, made changes to the document.

On March 12, the apex court has asked the director to state in his affidavit that the report "was vetted by him and nothing contained therein has been shared with the political executive..." The court also directed the director to state "that the same procedure will be followed in respect of other subsequent status reports that may be filed before this court".

The report in The Indian Express (April 13) about the meeting held in the law minister's office, where the CBI director was also present, has led to uproar in Parliament over the last four days. The opposition has sought the ouster of the law minister for trying to rework the contents of the CBI's report. Senior PMO officials too vetted the report, which was filed in court in a sealed cover. Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal had made a categorical statement in court that the report had not been shared with anybody from the political executive.

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