Here in New Delhi an affidavit has been submitted by the CBI in Supreme Court stating that the coal scam status report prepared by the investigating agency was shared with the PMO and two concerned ministers before presenting it to the court on March 8.
CBI director Ranjit Sinha’s two-page affidavit filed on the direction of the apex court contradicts the claim made by CBI counsel on the last date of hearing that the coalgate scam report was not shared with any member of the government.
“I submit that the draft (status report)of the same was shared with law minister as desired by him prior to its submission before the Supreme Court….it was also shared with one joint secretary level officer each of Prime Minister’s office and ministry of coal as desired by them,” mentioned in the affidavit.
During an earlier hearing in the case, additional solicitor general Harin Raval had told the court that the March 8 probe report was not shared with the political executive.
The CBI affidavit says the report was shared with law minister Ashwani Kumar as per his request and the coal minister.
The affidavit further states that two joint secretaries had also seen the report.
A joint secretary level officer in the PMO had also desired to see the status report and his request was complied with, CBI director Ranjit Sinha says in the affidavit.
The CBI director also revealed that the status report was shared with a joint secretary in the coal ministry.
There has been a huge controversy after it was revealed that the govthad vetted the CBI status report.
The apex court had sought an affidavit from the CBI director on the issue.
BJP and other opposition parties have been demanding resignation of law minister Ashwini Kumar for allegedly interfering with the functioning of the CBI.