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SC to examine Sinha’s ‘interference’ in coalgate

“We have to take a call. Either, we have to agree with you (CBI) or with him (NGO’s counsel making allegations),” a bench headed by Justice M B Lokur said while posting it for hearing on February 16 when it will also hear the application filed by Sinha accusing the NGO and its counsel Prashant Bhushan of perjury.

The former CBI chief’s counsel Vikas Singh contended that judicial record spoke for itself that “false and malicious” allegations have been levelled against Sinha and it cannot be that “just because he is Prashant Bhushan he can get away with any lie”.

Bhushan said the entries in the visitors’ register of the former CBI Director made it clear that he was meeting the high-profile accused and those associated with coal block allocation like Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda and former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay and there was a need for court-monitored SIT investigation to ascertain “whether any consideration exchanged hands”.

“If there is so much of evidence on record that this gentleman (Sinha) at so many times had meetings with accused and tried to change the course of probe and maneouvre the situation for closing cases, then this court has to find out how this gentleman goes on meeting dozens of time and maneouvres the investigation,” Bhushan submitted while reading out his note in which he narrated the events emerging from the entry register of Sinha’s residence.

Senior advocate Amarender Sharan, appearing for the CBI, contended that several contents including one about him (Sharan) in Bhushan’s note were factually incorrect.

CBI informs special court on status of public servants

CBI on Monday informed a special court about the current status of public servants, who were allegedly involved in the allocation of a coal block to Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd that was chargesheeted by the agency, along with Congress MP Vijay Darda and others.

The investigation officer (IO) furnished details of he status of the public servants in the court, which fixed the matter for consideration on January 21.

CBI had earlier filed a supplementary closure report in the case regarding the role of government servants who were allegedly involved in allocating the coal block to the accused firm.

“Certain clarifications have been sought qua the supplementary final report earlier filed. IO has also furnished the present status of the public servants who were involved in the allocation of impugned coal block to M/s AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd. Same be taken on record,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.
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