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Coal scam: was not permitted to examine Manmohan, CBI tells court

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 27, 2017 Published on November 25, 2014

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The CBI on Tuesday told a special court probing the coal allocation scam case that it was not permitted to examine former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was then holding the additional charge of coal portfolio.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar asked the agency, “Don’t you think examination of the then Coal Minister was necessary in the matter? Don’t you feel the need to examine him? Don’t you think his statement was necessary to present a clear picture?”

Statement not necessary

Responding to this, the investigating officer (IO) told the court that officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) were examined during the probe in the coal blocks scam case involving top industrialist KM Birla, former Coal Secretary PC Parakh and it was found that statement of the then Coal Minister was not necessary.

He, however, clarified that the then Coal Minister was not permitted to be examined. 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.

“PMO officials were examined. The then minister of coal was not examined in light of the statement of PMO officials,” the IO said, adding “the then Coal Minister was not permitted to be examined. It was found that his statement was not necessary.”

Published on November 25, 2014
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