The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday gave a clean chit to former Prime MinisterManmohan Singh in a case related to coal block allocation scam.
Hearing a plea filed by former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who is also an accused in the scam, the special CBI court noted that there is no evidence against Manmohan Singh.
“There is no evidence which even prima facie suggests that the then PM had any complicity in coal block allocation to Jindal Group firms,” the court said. The final order in the case will be pronounced on October 16.
Koda had claimed that Manmohan Singh was “aware of everything” in the process of allocating a coal block to Naveen Jindal group firm and sought the ex-PM’s summoning as an accused.
Koda had told the court that if there was any conspiracy in the allocation of Jharkhand’s Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block, it could not have been done without the knowledge of Manmohan Singh who was also the coal minister then.
Koda, in his plea, had sought to summon Manmohan Singh as an accused along with Anand Swaroop, the then secretary (Energy) and Jai Shankar Tiwari, then secretary(Mines and Geology).
The case relates to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to two Jindal group companies, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd.
The CBI had chargesheeted Koda, Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and 13 others in the case.
2015 Kashmir Despatch