A Delhi court on Monday, while hearing the closure report filed by the CBI in its FIR lodged against Birla and Parakh, asked the agency to clarify whether ‘rule of law’ was followed in allocation of blocks to Hindalco.
The court has asked the CBI to clarify whether there was an act of omission or commission in the allocation — and if any — whether it has an element of ‘criminality’.
The agency replied to the court that they have not found any criminality in allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco, adding that the screening committee reviewed its previous decision at the request of Birla and that the blocks were given to Hindalco. The court then asked whether the route to change its own decisions taken by the screening committee was ‘permissible’. However, when the judge posed the queries to the IO, he said that special public prosecutor RS Cheema would address the court on these issues. The CBI had filed a closure report in the case in which it had earlier lodged an FIR against Birla, Parakh and others.