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Coalgate: CBI admits Govt interference

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 06:53 hrs
CBI to probe coal block allocations

New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha on Friday filed a personal affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the agency's report on the coal scam was shared with Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar.

In a two-page affidavit filed by the CBI director, he stated that the report was indeed shared with the Law Minister as desired by him

The draft was also shared with two joint secretaries in the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and the Coal Ministry.

The question that now emerges is why the CBI shared the reports when the agency's investigations are meant to be independent and unbiased.

The Supreme Court had earlier asked the agency to provide in writing whether the report was reviewed by any political executive before it was handed to the judges.

The admission of the CBI is likely to cause a great deal of damage to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led government as the agency's investigations are meant to be independent and unbiased.

The allegation against the government in the country's biggest coal scam is that thousands of crores were spent in the process of allocation of coal blocks, as the government did not follow a transparent bidding system.

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