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Coalgate: CBI transfers official

The CBI on Thursday shifted a key officer, who was in-charge of the investigation into the coal block allocation scam, in view of an allegation levelled against him in the Supreme Court, and appointed additional director RK Dutta in his place. The CBI director Ranjit Sinha sent a letter to all the judges of SC mentioning that joint director OP Galhotra, a 1985-batch IPS officer, would not be looking after any of the coal scam cases and Dutta has been given the task.

Sinha sent the letter in view of the allegations hurled at the CBI officer in the SC on Wednesday assuring the court that the investigation in the case has been done in a fair and impartial manner. The letter said the joint director had already recused himself from the case as it was alleged to be related to one of the accused.

CBI on Thursday agreed in SC not to file closure reports on its own in the trial court in the cases lodged by it in the coal block allocation scam. While the apex court was on the verge of dictating the order in this regard, the CBI counsel said there was no need for any formal direction. Taking into account the oral submission of the CBI, a bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha, said: ‘It is now understood that they (CBI) will not file the closure report.’ CBI was accused by an NGO, Common Cause, that probe in the scam was not moving fairly and there were instances wherein without seeking CVC’s opinion, the agency was filing closure reports in regular cases. It directed the CBI to place files relating to all preliminary enquires before the CVC for within six weeks. 

Bureau gets first woman Additional Director, Tamil Nadu government suspends her pronto

New Delhi/Chennai: Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram on Thursday took over as CBI's first woman Additional Director but was suspended by Tamil Nadu government late tonight for allegedly not following rules before joining the central probe agency. A Home (SC) Department order of the state government said in Chennai that 'whereas disciplinary proceedings' against her were contemplated, Ramasundaram, a Tamil Nadu cadre officer, was being placed 'under suspension with immediate effect.’
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