Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar requested the Supreme Court Monday to allow him to withdraw from examining 20 cases in connection with the alleged irregularities in coal blocks allotment as he had worked in the coal ministry between 2003 and 2006.
Investigating officers had found material to register FIRs in these 20 cases but senior CBI officers had sought closure.
“The CVC has been a part of the coal ministry between 2003 and 2006. So, he wants to withdraw from the case,” CVC’s counsel Anil Divan informed a bench led by Justice R M Lodha. But Divan assured the bench that the task given to the CVC shall be completed within four weeks by the two other vigilance commissioners.
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The bench asked the counsel to move a formal application and said it would decide his plea accordingly.
The court had on March 28 sought the assistance of the CVC to examine all cases of divergent opinion between the investigating officers and the CBI’s head office and give suggestions whether the cases were fit to be closed or regular cases should be filed.
These 20 cases, CBI counsel Amarendra Sharan had informed the bench, related to preliminary enquiries wherein the investigating officers recommended filing of regular cases on the basis of prima facie material but their bosses thought otherwise.