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Never interfered in CBI coal scam report: attorney general Vahanvati

Agencies  New Delhi, May 01, 2013
First Published: 19:46 IST(1/5/2013) | Last Updated: 19:55 IST(1/5/2013)

Attorney general GE Vahanvati on Wednesday issued a clarification over the letter sent by former additional solicitor general Harin Raval which accused him of having tried to influence the CBI probe in the coal blocks allocation scam, reports said.

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According to Vahanvati he never interfered with CBI's report.

Raval, who appeared for the CBI on March 12 and told the Supreme Court that the agency was carrying out an independent probe, wrote the letter to the government's top law officer, Vahanvati.

Raval is learnt to have said in his letter that he was not willing to be made a scapegoat in the entire matter and Vahanvati was present in the meeting attended by the law minister and CBI director among others on March 5 in which the agency's draft report was allegedly changed.

In his letter, Raval is understood to have narrated how he got an SMS from AG to reach law minister Ashwani Kumar's office with the CBI status report.

The agency blamed Raval for "overstepping" his brief since he had said in the court that there was no political interference in the CBI's probe in the coal scam.

The Supreme Court had directed CBI director Ranjit Sinha to file an affidavit assuring that he had vetted the status report following Raval's statement.

Contacted for his response, Raval refused to confirm or deny his letter.

"When I was blamed nobody asked me, so why are you asking me now," he told HT.

Vahanvati could not be contacted for his response. Government sources said the spat between two of their senior law officers barely hours before the crucial hearing in the Supreme Court was not a welcome sign.

The court may ask the government to file an affidavit in response to the Sinha's revelation. It will also scrutinise the latest status report that the CBI says has not been shared with anybody in the government.


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