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Coalscam: File status report in Ranjit Sinha's case, SC to SIT

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The special investigation team (SIT), set up to probe the allegations of abuse of authority prima facie committed by former Director Ranjit Sinha to scuttle the coal scam probe, was today directed by the Supreme to submit a status report before it.

The apex asked the SIT to furnish the status report in a sealed cover within four weeks with regard to the probe conducted in the matter.


"A status report with regard to investigation conducted by the SIT with respect to Ranjit Sinha, former Director of CBI, be filed in a sealed cover," a three-judge bench headed by Justice said.

The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, said this after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Common Cause, argued that several months have gone by since the SIT was formed and it should be asked to submit a report on its investigation.

The top had on January 23 constituted the SIT headed by the director to look into the prima facie allegations against the former chief of trying to influence the probe in coal scam cases.

During the hearing today, senior advocate R S Cheema, who has been appointed as special public prosecutor in coal scam cases by the apex court, told the bench that eight cases relating to the scam were pending consideration before the "highest authority" of the agency.

To this, Bhushan said, "why should these cases be kept pending before the highest authority? These are politically sensitive cases".

The bench, however, directed the Director to finalise these eight pending cases on or before January 15, 2018.

Cheema argued that had requested the West Bengal government to give some documents pertaining to the coal block allocations in the state but the documents have not yet been handed over to the agency.

The bench issued notice to the state government directing it to inform the why the records have not been given to the

Besides these issues, the top also dealt with the pleas filed by others in the case.

The was earlier told that a panel headed by former special director M L Sharma had held that Ranjit Sinha's alleged meetings with some high-profile accused in coal scam prima facie indicated that there was an attempt to influence the investigation.

The apex court-appointed panel was probing the alleged scuttling of the probe into coal block allocation scam cases by Sinha, whose meetings with the accused persons were held as "completely inappropriate".

On December 7, 2015, the had ordered handing over the original visitors' diary of the official residence of the former director to the Sharma-led panel.

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First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 17:00 IST
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