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May 13, 2013 at 06:39pm IST

Coal scam: Attorney General to continue in his position, say Govt sources

New Delhi: Attorney General GE Vahanvati, who was under scanner for trying to influence CBI's coal scam status report, will continue in his position. Government sources on Saturday confirm there will be no action against the top law officer.

Meanwhile, sacked Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Saturday came out in his defence saying he resigned only to avoid any unnecessary controversy claiming that his conscience still remains clear. He also said that his resignation was a political decision and not because of any wrongdoing.

The Supreme Court had on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) not to share details of its investigations into the coal scam with anybody. The apex court said that the CBI Director will be held directly responsible for it.

The SC further directed former CBI DIG Ranjit Kanta to resume his charge of the case. Kanta was transferred after he sought deputation to the Intelligence Bureau.

The SC lambasted the government and the CBI over the shoddy investigations and the alleged political interference in the coal scam case. Calling the CBI a caged parrot that only spoke in its master's voice, the SC, in a strong censure, called for making the investigative agency an autonomous body. The apex court, however, was quick to add that giving unbridled powers to the CBI was not a possibility.

The SC also came down heavily on Attorney General GE Vahanvati and former Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval who had backed the former's claims that the CBI report on the coal scam had not been shared with political leaders. The SC also asked how "on earth" could the joint secretaries of the PMO and the Coal Ministry be party to the meet between the CBI and the Law Minister and how could they see the CBI's report and suggest changes to it.