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May 13, 2013 at 06:43pm IST

Coal scam: Supreme Court's 4-point directive to Centre, CBI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a four-point directive to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the government during its observations on the CBI affidavit on the coal scam probe.

First: The apex court asked the Centre to come out with a law before July 10 to insulate the CBI from external influence and intrusion.

Second: The CBI chief to ensure no access to any person, including Law Minister, other Union Ministers, law officers, CBI counsel and Department of Prosecution of CBI to probe in coal block scam. Status report on probe in coalgate shall not be provided to special CBI court where FIR was registered, apex court adds.

Third: Immediate steps be taken by Centre and the CBI to repatriate DIG Ravi Kanta who was investigating officer in coal blocks case and transferred to IB (as per his request, claim CBI sources).

Fourth: Asks CBI if they want expert assistance in coal scam probe, says it can pass orders and the CBI can get such help.

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