Coal block allocation scam: CVC seeks detailed report from CBI
New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought a detailed report from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over the central government's interference in investigations related to the coal blocks allocation scam.
The CBI has also been asked to submit its latest status report on the case to the Commission. The move came after it came to light that certain changes were made in the agency's draft status report on the case submitted to the Supreme Court. The CBI is probing irregularities in allocation of coal mine blocks on the direction of CVC. According to television reports, the commission will soon hold a meeting with CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to take stock of the agency's probe in the matter. The CBI has so far registered 11 FIRs in the matter.
The apex court had on Wednesday pulled up the CB, the Prime Minister''s Office (PMO) and Coal Ministry officials for changing the "heart" of the coal scam probe report and directed the government to come out with a law before July 10 to insulate the agency from "external influence and intrusion". Even as it came down heavily on these entities, the apex court also made a reference to Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar's role in vetting the probe report and asked, "does it not subvert the integrity of the investigation if changes are brought in status report on the suggestion of Law Minister and government officers."
In a draft report issued in March 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) office accused the government of allocating coal blocks in an inefficient manner during the period 2004-2009.