CBI today termed as “baseless and malicious” the reported allegations that its probe into the coal scam was compromised as some officials were bribed by the concerned parties.
However, the agency spokesperson Devpreet Singh parried questions of reporters about the reported anonymous letter purported to have been written by an investigation officer containing the allegations.
Asked specifically whether the agency has received the reported anonymous letter, she said “I cannot comment.” She told reporters here that the news report “founded on an anonymous complaint are baseless, malicious and an attempt to discredit the agency and to create a misleading impression regarding a sensitive court-monitored investigation”.
She said that it lacks any “specific, credible and verfiable” basis and it is an attempt to unjustly sensationalise an important investigation and is hence strongly denied.
“It is reiterated that the investigations into the coal scam are being carried out fairly and impartially with the highest degree of diligence and professionalism under the monitoring of the Supreme Court of India,” she said.
The CBI spokesperson said the relevant facts are being placed before the Supreme Court on the next date of hearing.
“It is also clarified that the inquiries and cases indicated in the news item were finalised before December 2014, thereafter scrutinised by the Central Vigilance Commission and intimated to the Supreme Court of India,” the spokesperson said.
She said the assertions that “huge money exchanged hands” are “vague” and without an iota of foundation.
“It is emphatically denied that money has exchanged hands in the name of the Director CBI and a few selected officers are beneficiaries. All the investigating and supervisory officers are conducting investigation into the coal scam in a professional manner without any fear or pressure,” she said.