Coal scam: SC to hear CVC’s plea on Nov 30

Coal scam: SC to hear CVC's plea on Nov 30
Coal scam: SC to hear CVC’s plea on Nov 30

The Supreme Court today said it would hear the CVC’s plea seeking clarification on whether it could share confidential reports on the coal scam with former CBIofficial M L Sharma, probing the meetings of former agency chief Ranjit Sinha, after the Chief Justice’s bench hears the case.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu which has been hearing 2G scam cases, is also seized with the plea of the court-appointed probe panel headed by Sharma that the copy of the visitors’ diary of Sinha’s official residence be made available to it.

Since the 2G bench had ordered to keep the visitors’ log book under sealed cover, the special bench, hearing coal scam cases, had referred Sharma’s plea to the CJI’s court.

“It appears that the matter was listed on October 30 before a Bench of the Chief Justice and Mr Justice Amitava Roy. The matter was then adjourned to November 6, but could not be listed on that day since the Bench was not available.

“The Registry may now list the matter before a Bench presided over by the Chief Justice on Friday, November 20. Thereafter, list the matter on November 30 at 2.00 p.M. Before this Court,” the three judge bench of Justices M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri said.

Earlier, the apex court had agreed to hear a plea filed by Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC) seeking clarification if it could share the confidential reports on coal scam with former CBI officier M L Sharma who is inquiring about the meetings former agency chief Ranjit Sinha had in his official residence.

Sharma was appointed by the apex court to probe whether the meetings of Ranjit Sinha with the accused in coal block allocation scam had impacted the probe or their final outcome. It had on September 14 allowed Sharma to access whatever records he felt necessary for the purposes of inquiry.

After court’s directions, Sharma has asked CVC to make available to him its comments on the CBI’s probe in each of the 254 coal blocks allocation.

He had also asked the CVC to provide him correspondence that might have been exchanged between it and the CBI on the subject.

However, the reports sought by Sharma from CVC includes some information which the anti-corruption watchdog had submitted to the apex court in a sealed cover after scrutinising the CBI probe into each of 254 coal blocks allocation.

( Source – PTI )

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