Seeking to put an end to the controversy over a CBI officer’s internal note about the “requirement” to examine PM Manmohan Singh in connection with the probe into coal block allocation, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Saturday said that as per law, the CBI can summon any citizen for questioning and the PM is “not above law”.
“The Prime Minister has an unblemished record. His integrity has never been and can never be questioned. The law applies to every citizen. As per law, the CBI can question anybody if it so considers. The Prime Minister is also not above law,” Kamal Nath told The Sunday Express.
Official sources clarified that Nath’s statement should not be interpreted in any other way. “It is just the statement of a factual position regarding the CBI’s authority as an investigation agency,” said a source.
As reported by The Indian Express early this week, in the progress report prepared last month, CBI’s SP K R Chaurasia, an investigating officer in the case, had put on record what he called the “requirement’’ to examine the PM among a list of “pending actions’’ in the case. These included examination of various government and non-government officials as well a scrutiny of records.