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Coalgate: SC dismisses PIL to probe PM's role


Ashok Bagriya,CNN-IBN
Oct 29, 2013 at 04:13pm IST

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL to probe Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's role in coal block allocation scam. The apex court said it is not inclined to let the Prime Minister be investigated in the matter.

The plea was filed by advocate ML Sharma and sought the Prime Minister's role to be probed as he was the Coal Minister during the coal block allocation.

On legalities in the case, the Supreme Court was contemplating on the appointment of amicus curiae.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has told the court that there is an effort on aprt of all political parties to control the CBI and the agency should not be given autonomy. "They want the CBI within striking distance. The Central government opposed to giving the status of ex officio secretary to GoI to CBI," the agency said.

The application came even as the court has takes up the CBI's latest status report filed on October 22. The CBI in its latest status report had apprised the court of the 14th FIR against Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal secretary PC Parakh. The FIR has raised questions on the Prime Minister's alleged assent on the coal block allotted to Hindalco in 2005 which the CBI claims was out of turn. The Supreme Court had also issued notices to several coal mining states to explain their allocation policies by today.

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