Under fire for its alleged interference in the functioning of the CBI over the coal block allocation probe, the government is bracing itself to face the storm in the parliament next week. Meanwhile, the CBI on Tuesday claimed that it was not under any pressure from any quarter.
It was alleged that a status report of the CBI over coal block allocation probe was shared with union law minister Ashwani Kumar and it was diluted also before being filed in the Supreme Court on March 8.
During a hearing on the status report on Marach 12, the SC told CBI director Ranjit Sinha to file an affidavit saying that the status report of the agency was vetted by him and not shared with political executives and the same will be followed in future.
Sinha has time till April 26 to file the affidavit. The CBI director on Tuesday left for Lyon in France to attend an Interpol meeting. He is expected to return on April 22.
The CBI has engaged its own lawyer, UU Lalit, to file an affidavit by the agency’s director by April 26, said a source.
The CBI is yet to clarify whether Sinha met the law minister or his investigators met officials of the Prime Minister’s office over the report. The agency on Tuesday claimed that it was not under any pressure from any quarter.
The law minister on Tuesday met top government officials and is learnt to have told them that his ministry has no control over the CBI and the investigating agency is free to reject any suggestion.
Government sources said there was nothing wrong in consultation between the CBI and law ministry, since even the agency’s manual clearly states that any difference of opinion between its top bras will be referred to the Attorney General for a final opinion.
They also pointed out that law ministry’s opinion is regularly sought by the CBI, but it is not bound to always accept it.