Ahead of a crucial hearing of the ‘coal case’ on Tuesday, Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval on Monday night blamed Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati for “interference” and the CBI sharing its ‘status reports’ in the case with Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar despite the Supreme Court making it clear that the report should not be shared with anyone in the government.
In his letter to the AG sent late at night, Mr. Raval, according to highly placed sources, said he had been made a scapegoat in the whole controversy and that the truth would prevail. When The Hindu asked Mr. Raval to explain his position, he merely said: “I have done no wrong. Truth will prevail.” He did not elaborate.
The sources said Mr. Raval recalled a message received by him recently from the AG’s office to be present at the Law Minister’s office and when he went there, he saw the AG meeting the Minister. Mr. Raval said that at the instance of the AG, the CBI was asked to share all the status reports in the case with the Minister. During the hearing of the case in March, the court was incorrectly informed that the CBI report was not shared with anyone in the government. He said that as the leader the AG should lead the law officers, but he found the AG interfering in their functioning, particularly in high profile cases.