New Delhi: Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval on Tuesday resigned over coalgate. In a statement, he said, "I am resigning as ASG in SC as desired. Please accept this with immediate effect and oblige. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the government."
Raval had represented the CBI in earlier hearings in the Supreme Court. His resignation comes just after his explosive letter to Attorney General GE Vahanvati whom he accused of meddling in the CBI probe.
The accusation by Raval came just ahead of the crucial Supreme Court hearing when it took on record CBI Director Ranjit Sinha's affidavit and the agency's status report on the coal blocks allocation probe that was shared with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Joint Secretary-level officials of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Coal ministry.
Raval, whose submission to the apex court while appearing for CBI was contradicted by Sinha's affidavit, claimed that Vahanvati was involved in the stand to be taken by the CBI and that he was being made a "scapegoat".
Raval had submitted that the status report on the agency's probe into irregularities in coal allocation handed over to judges in a sealed cover, has not been shared with anyone in the government.
CBI is since using the services of private lawyer U Lalit after Raval made the submission.
With additional information from PTI
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