Part of govt so shared report: CBI chief

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha Tuesday defended the agency’s move to share the status report on its probe into the coal block allocations

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: May 1, 2013 3:01:39 am

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha Tuesday defended the agency’s move to share the status report on its probe into the coal block allocations with Ashwani Kumar,saying he had not shown it to an outsider but to the Law Minister of the country.

“I am part of the government. I am not an autonomous body. I have not shown it to any outside person. I have shown it to the Law Minister of the country. I will inform the Supreme Court about any situation arising out of that. The decision of the Supreme Court will be acceptable,” Sinha said.

He,however,refrained from answering queries on the changes made in the status report at the instance of the Law Minister and two joint secretaries before submitting it to the Supreme Court.

Sinha said,“The agency does not exist in isolation. We are part of a system and need to consult and take opinion on certain occasions.” The CBI director’s statement came after the agency was lambasted by the apex court for sharing the status report with the Law Minister and senior officials of the PMO and Coal Ministry.

The court has asked CBI to give details of the changes made in the status report. Sinha said,“We have supplied a copy of the original status report and the one which was prepared later in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.”

The agency said the CBI manual under which the Director met Law Minister and Attorney General will also be supplied to the court. As per the CBI’s administrative manual,“References to the Attorney General will be made only by the Ministry of Law,Justice and Company Affairs.” The agency may use this argument before the court to justify the meeting between the Director and the Law Minister.

The CBI Director will file a fresh affidavit on May 6,which will give the circumstances under which he met the Law Minister and shared the report.

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