Contradicting its earlier stand, the CBI told the special court on Monday that there is “prima facie” material against “private parties” and “some government officials” to take cognizance of offences in the case related to the allocation of Talabira II coal blocks in Orissa to Hindalco, owned by the Kumar Mangalam Birla group.
This comes less than a month after the CBI filed a “detailed and comprehensive” closure report in the case on October 21.
Special Public Prosecutor R S Cheema told Special Judge Bharat Parashar on Monday that prima facie, there is enough material on record to take cognizance of various offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC, against private parties and “some” public servants. He, however, did not directly name former Coal Secretary P C Parakh, who is one of the main accused in the case.
When contacted, Parakh told The Indian Express: “I don’t know what evidence they are talking about. The CBI spent one full year in investigating the case, I don’t know what fresh evidence they have.”
During the court proceedings today, the judge asked Cheema if the CBI was ready with the relevant documents. Cheema replied that some further investigations were required. The court is set to take up the matter on November 25.
On October 21, the CBI filed a revised final closure report after the court pulled up the agency over the “missing documents” in the case.
On September 12, the court had asked the CBI to file the “relevant documents” after the investigating officer failed to submit the primary evidence containing the original minutes of the screening committee meetings in the case.