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Coalgate: Supreme Court seeks CVC’s assistance

We are of the opinion that CVC and vigilance commissioners can be requested to render assistance to court said the SC bench.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
Updated: March 28, 2014 7:54:51 pm
SC asks BCCI vice-president to take over non-IPL functions The CBI also informed the court that there are till date 20 such cases where officers differ on what further action needs to be taken. (PTI)

The Supreme Court on Friday sought assistance of CVC to examine all cases in coal blocks allocation scam in which there were divergent views between investigating officer and CBI’s head office on filing charge sheets.

It asked the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and two Vigilance Commissioners to give their suggestions whether the cases can be closed or the CBI can go ahead with the filing of charge sheets in them.

The apex court passed the order after it was informed that the agency had filed closure report in two cases despite there being difference of opinion among CBI officials.

The CBI also informed the court that there are till date 20 such cases where officers differ on what further action needs to be taken.

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A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha directed the agency to place the documents of all 20 cases within five days before the CVC for its perusal and the corruption watchdog will file its report in four weeks.

It said Chief Vigilance Commissioner along with other two vigilance commissioners will examine the documents and file their report in a sealed envelope on what should be done in those cases.

DIG Ravi Kant Sharma, who supervises the coal scam probe along with other two officers of the same rank, told the bench that he had given opinion for filing charge sheet in two cases in which the agency has filed closure report yesterday.

He said that investigating officer had opined to close the case which was rejected by him but his officers approved the opinion of IO after which closure report was filed.

“We are of the opinion that CVC and vigilance commissioners can be requested to render assistance to court,” the bench said.

“We accordingly direct thet Ravi Kant, DIG, shall make available compilation of the matter where IO opined for regular cases but CBI head office ordered otherwise in a sealed envelope within five days.

The compilation so submitted by the CBI shall be examined by the CVC and VCs and they will send their suggestion/observation in a sealed envelope within four weeks,” it said.

 

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