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Plea against PM in coal block allocation case

PTI  New Delhi, October 17, 2013
First Published: 21:43 IST(17/10/2013) | Last Updated: 21:45 IST(17/10/2013)

An advocate on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the CBI to name Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in its FIR filed against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary PC Parakh in a coal block allocation case.

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Advocate ML Sharma, who was one of the petitioners on whose PIL the apex court is monitoring the probe in the coalgate, filed an application in the wake of statement by Parakh that the Prime Minister knew of the coal blocks being allocated to companies like Hindalco and he too should be named as a "conspirator" and made an "accused.

The application said "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in  direct charge of the coal ministry as coal minister in 2005 and had decided to allot the coal block to various allottees including Hindalco".


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