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Coal scam case | Suggest names for Special Public Prosecutor, SC tells Centre

Supreme Court, New Delhi.

Supreme Court, New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Senior Advocate R.S. Cheema, CBI’s SPP, wanted to be relieved from consuctiong trials in money laundering cases.

The Supreme Court on February 7 gave the Centre time till February 10 to make suggestions for the appointment of Special Public Prosecutor to conduct trials for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in money laundering cases related to the coal block scam.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Deepak Gupta was considering the plea of senior advocate R.S. Cheema, who wanted to be relieved as the prosecutor in money laundering cases.

The top court appointed Mr. Cheema as Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in coal block scam cases in 2014.

The Bench did not seem to be in agreement with the suggestion of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, that former Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh be appointed the special prosecutor to conduct trial in ED cases pertaining to coal scam.

“We need a trial court lawyer who has been conducting trials,” the Bench said, adding that “the other lawyer” suggested by Mr. Cheema seemed to be more appropriate.

Sources told PTI that Mr. Cheema has suggested the name of lawyer Satish Tamta for the job.

“The other name seems to be more appropriate,” the Bench said and gave the Centre time till February 10 to suggest names for this purpose.

Mr. Cheema had said that he would like to continue as CBI’s special prosecutor in the coal scam cases, but would not want to be the SPP in money laundering matters as there was shortage of law officers assisting him in such cases.

The top court had on December 9 asked the Solicitor General and Mr. Cheema to suggest names of advocates who could be appointed the SPP for ED matters.

The SC had earlier sought to know from the CBI and the ED the status of investigation and trial in the coal block allocation scam cases probed by the two agencies.

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