Asked about Patnaik’s recommendation and the role of PMO officials, CBI director Ranjit Sinha told HT, “The recommendation letter is part of the probe. We will probe anybody if required.”
“There is evidence that Parakh overturned the panel’s decision. He would get a chance to explain if he had a valid reason for his action which was then being opposed by others.”
Sinha, however, emphasised that the agency only wanted to find the truth. “If we find there is no evidence against the accused in this case, we will not hesitate to inform the Supreme Court and file a closure report.”
The CBI director’s promise for fair play came on a day lawyer ML Sharma moved the SC to seek directions to get the CBI to name Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in its FIR.
“Patnaik sent his recommendation to the PMO before Birla met Parakh in July 2005 to request for the coal blocks’ allocation to his firm,” said the official. “We are scrutinising Patnaik’s letter and will seek his clarifications when required,” he said.