Coal scam: Two Union Ministers oppose CBI move to close case


Two Union Ministers, Prakash Javadekar and Hansraj Ahir, today protested in a special court against CBI’s move to close a coal allocation case, allegedly involving Prakash Industries Ltd (PIL) and others, in which he was the complainant.


The plea was jointly filed by Javadekar, Human Resource Development Minister and Ahir, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, on whose complaint the Central Vigilance Commission had started its proceedings.

Both the ministers sought the court’s direction to reject CBI’s closure report filed in the case and direct the probe agency to further investigate the matter and file a supplementary charge sheet in the case.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar asked the counsel for both the BJP leaders to supply the copy of protest petition to the CBI prosecutors V K Sharma and A P Singh and investigating officer and put up the matter for consideration on November 2.

The protest petition alleged that the company, PIL, had deliberately misrepresented facts to the 35th Screening Committee in connivance with other accused to get the coal block and investigation was done on the same lines as claimed by the accused.

The petition of Javadekar and Ahir came in response to the court’s earlier notice asking them if they wanted to submit anything on the final report in the case.

The court had earlier issued notices to the two ministers after CVC Director Sanjay Agarwal had informed it that CVC was not a complainant in the matter and had no role to play in the case and it was these two leaders on whose complaint the Commission had started its proceedings.

It had said that before accepting CBI’s closure report, the court was duty bound to issue notice to the complainant.