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Coalgate report: Will CBI take on the law minister in SC?

Nagendar Sharma, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 06, 2013
First Published: 00:55 IST(6/5/2013) | Last Updated: 09:04 IST(6/5/2013)

The government is bracing itself for fresh revelations about its alleged interference in the CBI probe into the coal blocks allocation scam, likely to be mentioned in the agency’s affidavit to be submitted in the Supreme Court on Monday. 

HT has learnt that the CBI will provide a comparative chart of changes proposed by the government and those that were finally accepted by the agency.

CBI director Ranjit Sinha told HT: “We have allowed very little changes.”

But he did not reveal the exact changes sought by law minister Ashwani Kumar and attorney general GE Vahanvati.

The CBI may also say that the statement made before the SC by former additional solicitor general Harin Rawal on March 12 — that the probe report wasn’t shared with the political arm — was not authorised by the agency.

Rawal, who represented the CBI in this case before he was replaced by senior advocate UU Lalit recently, had embarrassed the government last week with his direct attack on Vahanvati, whom he accused  of having seen many draft status reports of the ongoing investigation into the coal blocks allocation scam.

The CBI is also likely to tell the court that its probe has been impartial and fair, and that it will continue to abide by Supreme Court directions in this matter.

On April 30, the Supreme Court had directed the CBI to file a fresh affidavit answering five key questions, including the details of changes made in its draft status report and the rules under which it shared this report with the government.

The Supreme Court will take the matter for hearing on Wednesday.


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