Agency's director opens up a can of worms
Dropping a political bombshell, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Friday told the Supreme Court that the agency’s status report on coal allocation scam was “shared” with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and senior officials of PMO and Coal ministry “as desired by them..”
Sinha’s two-page affidavit is silent on whether any changes were made in the draft report after it was shared with the government before being filed in the apex court in a sealed envelope.
The affidavit assumes importance in the wake of allegations that the contents of the report were diluted at government’s behest.
The affidavit, filed on the direction of the apex court, belies the claim made by CBI counsel on the last date of hearing that the coalgate scam report was not shared with any member of the government.
“I submit that the draft of the same (status report) was shared with Law Minister as desired by him prior to its submission before the Supreme Court. Besides the political executive, it was also shared with one joint secretary level officer each of Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Coal as desired by them,” the affidavit said.
In his affidavit, Sinha assured the apex court that the agency will not share further status reports in this case with any member of the political executive.
He also said that the latest status report being filed on Friday has not been shared with any political executive in “any manner whatsoever“.
“I confirm that the present status report being filed in this court has not been shared with any political executive in any manner whatsoever.”