Coal scam: CBI files case diary in sealed cover
New Delhi: CBI on Thursday filed the case diary and crime files in a sealed cover in a coal blocks allocation case related to Hindalco before a special court, complying with its order.
The court has now fixed December 12 as the next datefor consideration on the closure report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the foremost investigating police agency in India.
Two days after the court had directed it to furnish the case diary of the matter, the CBI submitted two bundles of documents in a sealed cover before the court.
“In compliance of the court’s order, we are filing the crime folder as well as the case diary,” senior Public Prosecutor V K Sharma told special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar.
The judge said, “IO (Investigating officer) states that he has brought both the case diary and crime files in a sealed cover. He is further being told to assist the court in looking into the relevant papers. The matter is now adjourned for consideration on December 12.”
During the brief hearing, the court said if there is still any clarification to be sought in the matter, it will ask the agency and then pass order on the closure report.
The court was hearing a case in which an FIR was lodged against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-Coal Secretary P C Parakh and others relating to allocation of Talabira II and III coal blocks in Odisha in 2005 to Hindalco. CBI had later on filed closure report in the case.
During the hearing on November 25, CBI had come in for some tough questioning from the court which had asked why the agency did not question former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was also holding the Coal portfolio between 2005 and 2009.
The court’s observations had came after CBI submitted that though initially it felt Singh’s examination was required, later it was found to be not necessary.
At the end of the hearing, the court had summoned the case diary and crime files in a sealed cover and had posted the matter for Thursday.
Former Prime Minister Singh was holding the portfolio of coal ministry when Birla’s firm Hindalco was allocated coal blocks in Orissa’s Talabira II & III in 2005.