A special court had summoned Singh, Parakh, Birla and others as accused in the case while refusing to accept CBI’s closure report.
“It is an era of transition and consolidation for India. Infrastructure, education, development of skills, universal access to health-care must be at the core of national policies,” Manmohan Singh said.
He maintained that he went by the advice of the then Coal Secretary Parakh on the letter written by HINDALCO Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allocation of the coal block.
The comment from the Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the BJP-led government at the Centre and in Maharashtra, comes in the backdrop of Modi’s address to the Indian diaspora where he targeted the Congress in a veiled attack.
Calling Koda’s application to summon Singh as “devoid of any merit”, the CBI said that decisions taken by Singh “were not mechanical” and was done using “application of mind”.
The submissions were made after the CBI had earlier told the court that all the 15 accused in the case should clarify whether they supported or opposed his plea.
The Supreme Court ordered deletion of the matter from its September 21 list.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to two Jindal group companies, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).
The CBI countered it saying that ‘the Coal Minister/Prime Minister was kept in the dark’.
Koda, who is also an accused in the case, sought summoning of Manmohan Singh, who was then holding the portfolio of the Coal Ministry.
It was clear to both Manmohan Singh and the RBI that given the severity of the crisis, an immediate, steep devaluation of the rupee was imperative.
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Rao’s reaction came after he appeared before a special court in connection with the coal scam case along with Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others.