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CBI coal row: Law Minister must quit,says BJP

BJP demands SIT be constituted,says it will raise the issue in Parliament.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 16, 2013 8:34:13 am

Upping the ante against the UPA government,the BJP on Monday demanded Law Minister Ashwani Kumar’s resignation following The Indian Express report that the CBI’s status report on the coal blocks allocation controversy was vetted by him and officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

“There is no denial that the meeting (between the law minister and CBI director) did not happen. We demand that Ashwani Kumar should resign and an SIT be constituted under the auspices of the Supreme Court for investigating the coal scam thoroughly and properly,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said.

“This incident has exposed how the CBI is misused,” said Lekhi,adding that the government and CBI had violated the Supreme Court’s directive on not sharing the status report with the political executive. The BJP has said it will raise the issue in Parliament.

Meanwhile,an NGO,Common Cause,filed an application in the Supreme Court on Monday demanding a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the Centre’s “unlawful” interference in the CBI investigation and reported dilution of the status report.

“The said revelations unequivocally show the pervasive nature of the control of the government on the CBI. Even in a major corruption scandal like this one regarding coal block allocations that is being monitored by this court,the government is able to blatantly influence the investigation… The interference of the government is not only illegal and criminal,it also amounts to criminal contempt,” said the NGO,which is a petitioner in the coal allocation case.

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