Coal scam: CBI says enough evidence against accused to show their involvement

Coal blocks

New Delhi, Nov 10: In a coal block allocation case, the CBI on Monday took a U-turn and asked the court to take cognizance on the closure report filed by it on October 21.

According to reports, the Supreme Court appointed-special public prosecutor (SPP) RS Cheema told special CBI judge Bharat Parashar that the court can take cognizance on the closure report as there was prima facie “evidence against the accused to show their involvement”.

The CBI had filed a closure report in a coal block allocation case involving industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, former coal secretary PC Parakh and others.

The court after hearing the submissions advanced by Cheema and CBI prosecutors VK Sharma and AP Singh fixed the matter for November 25 for consideration of the agency’s closure report.

The judge reportedly said: “SPP states that under the facts and circumstances of the case, prima facie there is enough material to take cognizance of the offences against private parties and some of the government officials involved in the process of coal blocks allocation. Put up for consideration on the closure report on November 25.”

The CBI also placed on record a compilation of relevant documents relating to the case.

During the hearing, Cheema said, “We are asking for cognisance on the closure report as there was evidence against the accused to show their involvement.”

The judge asked the prosecutor if the court decides to take cognisance of the offences, will the agency be ready with its documents.

To this, Cheema said some further investigation was required in the matter.

Last year in October, the CBI had filed an FIR against Birla, Parakh and others alleging that Parakh had reversed his decision to reject coal block allocation to Hindalco within months “without any valid basis or change in circumstances” and shown “undue favours”.

The FIR was related to allocation of Talabira II and III coal blocks in 2005.

(With Agency Inputs)

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