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Parakh should not preach CBI about law: Ranjit Sinha

Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 15, 2014
First Published: 00:34 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 00:37 IST(15/4/2014)

CBI director Ranjit Sinha came down heavily on former coal secretary PC Parakh for "making comments on policy issues with his limited legal knowledge", in his book ‘Crusader or Conspirator-Coalgate and Other Truths’, released on Monday.

Parakh, an accused in the coal block scam, has made some sharp comments on CBI’s capability to probe the scam.

"His (Parakh’s) is a typical example of an accused arrogating to himself the roles of an investigator and a judge as well. In his book, he himself has admitted to having a limited knowledge of law," Sinha told HT.

Parakh wrote in his book, "About Talabira coal block, in which the CBI has filed an FIR against Kumar Mangalam Birla and me, I can say without hesitation that the CBI is either outright incompetent or is playing a deeper game." He further wrote, "I have not abused my office, Mr (Ranjit) Sinha.

You have — by accusing Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla and me of conspiracy and corruption. My recommendations were well within the boundaries of the declared government policy. But you have acted without proper understanding of facts."

Reacting on the outburst, Sinha said, "So, Parakh should confine his mental abilities to policy issues and not preach the CBI about law and its probe methods."

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