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Supreme Court Seeks Status Report from CBI & ED in Coal Scam Cases

Coal News - Published on Thu, 19 Sep 2019

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India’s Supreme Court has sought to know from CBI and ED the status of investigation and trial in the coal block allocation scam cases probed by the two agencies. The court said it would take a practical view on repatriation of officers, involved in the investigation of coal scam cases, to their parent departments in a manner that the investigation does not get stalled. A bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said it needed to go through the case files as it was a new bench dealing with the matter and listed it for hearing on October 27. The bench said it would also like to have the assistance of senior advocate R S Cheema, who has been appointed as a special public prosecutor by the top court for the coal scam cases, in the matter. The bench also allowed an Enforcement Directorate officer, who was engaged in the investigation of the cases, to go abroad for studies.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, said there are certain officers on deputation who have been posted in the agency for a very long time and now need to go back to their parent state cadre. He said there are some officers who have completed the investigation and charge sheets have also been filed in such cases.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO 'Common Cause' said the ED wants to remove a lot of officers from the coal scam cases.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 19 Sep 2019
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