Also calls for the resignation of the Law Minister, Attorney General

The Aam Aadmi Party has demanded the setting up of a Special Investigation Team, after reports that the Government had vetted the Central Bureau of Investigation’s status report on the Coalgate scam before it was filed in the Supreme Court.

Demanding resignation of the Union Law Minister and the Attorney General, the AAP in a statement said: “This brazen interference in the Coalgate investigation by this government, an investigation being currently monitored by the Supreme Court, shows the desperation of this government and requires the immediate sacking of the Law Minister and the Attorney General, apart from officials of the Prime Minister’s Office. In fact, it requires the resignation of the Prime Minister himself. In any case, these facts make out an unanswerable case for an independent SIT in the Coalgate scam.”

Petition filed

According to AAP’s spokesperson, during the last hearing held on March 12 Prashant Bhushan had made the plea that since the investigation of the Coalgate scam involves inquiring into the role of the Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers, the CBI would not be able to investigate it independently because it is directly controlled by them. The petition in the case has been filed by Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation and the Common Cause.

“All this shows why the government is not willing to let go of their control of the CBI at any cost, because an independent CBI under an independent Lokpal would result in more than half of the present Cabinet going to jail,” the spokesperson said.