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CBI not maintaining secrecy in coal scam probe, sharing info with outsiders, says court

Prime News, National (New Delhi), December 1:- In an embarrassment to the CBI, a Delhi court on Friday said the agency was not maintaining secrecy in the investigation of the coal scam, despite the Supreme Court’s direction, and the information was being shared by the agency officials with outsiders.

The court said, “sufficient food for thought for appropriate remedial measures has been provided to the Central Bureau of Investigation, lest a mockery is made of the criminal justice administration system.”

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar made the observations in an order convicting ex-coal secretary HC Gupta in a corruption case relating to allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal during the previous UPA government.

The judge said, “It is clear that CBI is even not paying any heed to the specific directions passed by Supreme Court in all such matters much less keeping intact the very sanctity of the investigation being carried out by it in various coal block allocation matters.”

The court noted the apex court’s direction to the agency to ensure the secrecy of investigations into allocation of coal blocks and “no access of any nature whatsoever in this regard is provided to any person or authority, including any minister of the central cabinet, law officers, CBI advocate, director of the prosecution and central government officials.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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