The Central Bureau of Investgation is ready with draft charge sheets in atleast three FIRs connected to the coal scam, but now needs a specific clearance from the Supreme Court to proceed further.
The reason: the apex court has barred the agency from sharing its findings with anyone, preventing the agency from the mandatory vetting by a law office before a charge-sheet is finalised.
The Supreme Court had told the Central Bureau of Investigation not to share its findings with anybody after the then law minister Ashwani Kumar made changes in a status report that the agency filed before the apex court.
An enraged Supreme Court took strong exception to the intervention of the minister and Kumar was resultantly sacked from the union ministry.
The Central Bureau of Investgation had filed 13 FIRs related to the scam.
Of this, three are ready to be charge-sheeted, depending on what the Supreme Court tells the agency. As per its manual, the agency is required to have its investigative officer’s findings examined by a law officer — who is also a staff of the Central Bureau of Investigation , but this will need a clearance from the Supreme Court.
The agency will seek directions from the court on this during the next hearing of the case on 29 August.
The agency will also file “at least two dozen” more FIRs in the case in the coming weeks, according to sources.