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Vahanvati not to represent government during SC coalgate hearing: TV reports

Agencies  New Delhi, April 30, 2013
First Published: 11:04 IST(30/4/2013) | Last Updated: 11:14 IST(30/4/2013)

Attorney general GE Vahanvati will not represent the government at a Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday on whether the government tried to influence the CBI's investigation into the coal scam, TV channels are reporting.

 
Solicitor general Mohan Parasaran will appear for the Centre instead. This comes after additional solicitor general Harin Raval, who appeared for the CBI on March 12 and told the Supreme Court that the agency was carrying out an independent probe, wrote a letter to Vahanvati, accusing him of having tried to influence the CBI probe.
 
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.

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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 CBI has decided to replace Raval with senior advocate UU Lalit for Tuesday's hearing.
 
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.


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