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Coal scam: CBI files case diary in sealed cover

Senior Public Prosecutor VK Sharma told special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, ‘In observance of the court’s order, we are filing the crime folder as well as the case diary.’ On November 25, the court
had directed the CBI to furnish the case diary.

After going through the matter the court has now fixed December 12 to consider CBI’s closure report filed in the case earlier. During the brief hearing, the court said if there is still any clarification to be sought in the matter, it will ask the agency and then pass order on the closure report.

The court was hearing a case in which an FIR was lodged against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-Coal Secretary P C Parakh and others relating to allocation of Talabira II and III coal blocks in Odisha in 2005 to Hindalco. CBI had later on filed closure report in the case.

Earlier, the special court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation why former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (as a Coal Minister) was not questioned as a prosecution witness in the case involving Parakh and Adiyta Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla. 

Special Judge Bharat Parashar questioned the Investigating Officer (IO) who initially claimed that Singh’s examination is necessary but later he found it was not required.

Then the IO claimed that he had examined certain officers of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the former Coal Minister (Manmohan Singh) was not questioned.

He said told the court that their statements were kept only in the case diary and the crime file. It was then Parashar asked the IO to produce the “case diary and the crime file”.
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