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SC's remarks on coal scam fuel Opposition's ammo, spark off heated debate in Lok Sabha

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Apr 30, 2013 at 02:01pm IST

New Delhi: As the Supreme Court expressed deep concerns over the CBI affidavit on the coal block allocation scam, Lok Sabha on Tuesday was rocked by the issue with the Opposition leaders lambasting the government and accusing it of being corrupt.

"I want to tell the country that this government is the most corrupt government in independent India. Parliament is being disrupted because of the corrupt government, not because of the Opposition. This government has no right to remain in power. It calls us irresponsible because we are raising its corrupt practices but it is breaking its own records of corruption all the time," said Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.

Terming it a "massive breach of trust" and a matter that has "shaken its foundation", the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday took a very serious note of the CBI affidavit on the coal block allocation scam and asserted that the probe agency must be "liberated" and should not be controlled by "political masters". The apex court also slammed the probe agency for having kept the court in the dark on the issue.

The Supreme Court bench said "suppression" of the fact that CBI has shared its probe report with the government is "not ordinary". A bench headed by Justice RM Lodha observed that there was a "very disturbing feature" in the affidavit filed on April 26 by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and the agency must be restored to its independent position.

"Disruption of the House is very unfortunate. Government is insensitive and not committed to parliamentary system," said CPI(M) leader Gurudas Dasgupta.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said, "SC had instructed CBI to submit the report directly to it and yet the agency shared it with the Law Minister". However, Yadav added that since his party does not want to create crisis by not allowing the Finance Bill to be passed, JD(U) will walk out of the House.

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