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Coal scam: Court raps CBI for not maintaining secrecy, leaking info

Coal scam: Court raps CBI for not maintaining secrecy, leaking info
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NEW DELHI: In an embarrassment to the CBI, a Delhi court on Friday said the agency was not maintaining secrecy in the investigation of the coal scam, despite the Supreme Court's direction, and the agency officials were sharing the information with outsiders.

The court said, "Sufficient food for thought for appropriate remedial measures has been provided to the Central Bureau of Investigation, lest a mockery is made of the criminal justice administration system."

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar made the observations in an order convicting ex-coal secretary HC Gupta in a corruption case relating to allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal during the previous UPA government.

The judge said, "It is clear that CBI is even not paying any heed to the specific directions passed by Supreme Court in all such matters much less keeping intact the very sanctity of the investigation being carried out by it in various coal block allocation matters."

Five others, including one, retired and another serving public servant — KS Kropha and KC Samria — were also held guilty in the case for various offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code.

All the convicted people were taken into the custody on the order of the court and were sent to judicial custody till December 3.

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