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Coal block case: SC accepts Manmohan Singh’s plea, defers hearing indefinitely

The Supreme Court ordered deletion of the matter from its September 21 list.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2015 8:39 am
manmohan singh, coal scam, coal block scam, coal block case, manmohan singh soal scam soal scam manmohan singh, coal scam updates, coal scam investigation, india news In April, the court had stayed the order summoning Manmohan Singh as an accused for allegedly facilitating illegal allocation of the Talabira-II coal block in Odisha to Aditya Birla Group’s Hindalco in 2005.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appeal in connection with a coal block allocation case will not come up for hearing on September 21 with the Supreme Court on Tuesday accepting his plea to defer the hearing.

In what may mean an indefinite adjournment, a bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu said the matter will be listed only when it is mentioned by Singh’s counsel or the CBI lawyer, and ordered deletion of the case from its list of business of September 21.

In April, the court had stayed the order summoning Singh as an accused for allegedly facilitating illegal allocation of the Talabira-II coal block in Odisha to Aditya Birla Group’s Hindalco in 2005. It had also stayed the summons against Hindalco chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, former coal secretary P C Parakh and three others.

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A day ago, senior advocate Kapil Sibal had mentioned the matter before the CJI, pointing out that the case was neither ready for a hearing nor were the notices served, but the September 21 list showed the case listed for hearing.

Appearing for the CBI, advocate Amit Anand Tiwari replied that the matter was perhaps listed along with the other cases in the coal scam, scheduled for a hearing before a special bench on September 21. Justice Dattu had then said he would look into the files and pass appropriate orders.

On Tuesday, Sibal disputed that Singh’s was a coal scam case, contending that it had earlier come up for hearing before a bench that dealt with the corruption cases. The bench responded: “We have gone through the files…there is nothing in it. It is neither here nor there.” It told Sibal that a decision would have to be taken on whether Singh’s appeal should be heard along with coal cases but for the moment, the matter will be deleted from the September 21 list.

The bench said Singh’s appeal and the other connected matters would be taken up after they are mentioned before the court. With this order, the stay on proceedings in the trial court also gets extended.

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    Kaliyug
    Sep 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm
    A supreme court full of supreme lies. If you do not hold the top responsible for corruption, then forget a clean India.
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    1. Dwibhashyam Agasthyeswar
      Sep 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm
      SC favours congress leaders like Dr.MMS and Sonia by deferring cases till their natural death. This is the reason young in Andhra pradesh and Telangana take guns and become Naxalites to give instant justice. Sad day for India when coal scam accused Dr.MMS smiles
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      1. Dwibhashyam Agasthyeswar
        Sep 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm
        SC favours congress leaders like Dr.MMS and Sonia by deferring cases till their natural death. This is the reason young in Andhra pradesh and Telangana take guns and become Naxalites to give instant justice. Sad day for India when coal scam accused Dr.MMS smiles
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          satyananda
          Sep 18, 2015 at 1:36 am
          Judges are for ...We must do away with the Supreme Court,and created a new system that work,I say bring in retired military people to rule change the system.....
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            j s
            Sep 16, 2015 at 7:18 am
            Integrity of great visionary Dr.Manmohan Singh is unquestionable - GOLD ALWAYS REMAINS GOLD. Throwing filth on gold will not depreciate its value. Jarnail Singh Dhillon.
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