CBI filed a FIR against its former director Ranjit Sinha in the coal scam case today, according to news agency ANI. This has come months after the Supreme Court formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the allegations of “abuse of authority” by him to scuttle investigation and inquiries in the coal block allocation cases, a report by Indian express has said. On January 23, the top court in its order had said a prima facie case has definitely been made out for an investigation into the abuse of authority by the former CBI chief after the ML Sharma led panel had indicted him in the case.
It had also asked present CBI director Alok Verma to head the SIT. The apex court also suggested to him to take the assistance of two officers of the agency after intimating the court and also take the chief vigilance commissioner into confidence in the case.
During the hearing, the apex court had also asked the special public prosecutor for coal scam cases, RS Cheema, to assist the CBI director and his team on issues related to the scam.
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The top court, while ruling out an external SIT, had said that there has been a change of guard in the CBI, “we would continue to repose our faith in the impartiality of the CBI to look into the report prepared by M L Sharma and other relevant documents and conduct an investigation into the abuse of authority prima facie committed by Sinha with a view to scuttle enquiries, investigations and prosecutions being carried out by CBI in coal block allocation cases.”
It had, however, clarified that it was not expressing any opinion on the merits or allegations leveled by Common Cause, the petitioner NGO, or on the contents of the report, which was prepared by the Sharma committee.