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Apr 30, 2013 at 05:55pm IST

Coal scam: SC tears into CBI, govt; asks why was it kept in the dark

New Delhi: The Supreme court on Tuesday tore into the UPA government and the Central Bureau of Investigation demanding answers on the government's alleged interference in the CBI coal allocations probe. The Supreme Court sought to know why it was kept in the dark about the CBI sharing the investigation with the government. It called the government's vetting of the coal report a "massive breach of trust which has shaken our foundation".

The court added that its first task would be to liberate the CBI from political interference.

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The apex court also rapped the CBI asking, "Why did the CBI not disclose earlier that its investigation report was shared with the government?" The court also asked why the CBI counsel had made an emphatic assertion that the report was not shared.

The court also wanted to know at whose instance the changes were made in the CBI status report.

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Meanwhile, the CBI director has said that they welcome all questions the SC has asked and will reply soon. Law minister Ashwani Kumar, meanwhile, met the Prime Minister. The PM has replied saying he will study the SC observation and take whatever action is necessary.