‘No personal remarks’: SC gags Coalgate court

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 00:58 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the special court dealing with coal blocks allocation cases not to make any personal remarks against the officers probing the scam and stick to the point of law.

A bench, headed by justice MB Lokur, passed the order after CBI submitted that two of its officers, including a Superintendent of Police (SP), had expressed reservation against continuation in the team of investigators in the wake of observations made by the trial court questioning their skills.

The bench, also comprising justices Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri, asked SP Nirbhay Kumar and inspector Rajbir Singh to continue in the investigating team and made it clear that no officer can opt out of the probe without the permission of the apex court.

Disapproving of the remarks made by the special court, the bench said, “It (trial court) will stick to the legal issues and not make any personal remarks.”

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI director Ranjit Sinha, submitted the SP was one of the brightest officers in the department and is credited with successfully probing many high-profile cases and adverse remarks would lead to jeopardising his career.

The observation was made by the trial court in the October 15 order in a case involving Vikash Metals and Power Ltd and its officials in which they were accused of making false claims related to land allocation to get undue advantage in the coal block allocation.

When contacted, CBI director Ranjit Sinha told HT, “We are grateful to the apex court for restoring the dignity of the Central Bureau of Investigation.”

The trial court had expressed displeasure over CBI’s probe in the case.

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