Coal scam: Summons to Birla, Manmohan Singh came as a surprise, says PC Parakh

Summoned by a special court in connection with the coal scam, Former Coal Secretary PC Parakh on Wednesday said it came as a 'surprise' to him.

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Coal scam: Summons to Birla, Manmohan Singh came as a surprise, says PC Parakh

Hyderabad: Summoned by a special court in connection with the coal scam, Former Coal Secretary PC Parakh on Wednesday said it came as a "surprise" to him.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, Parakh and three others were on Wednesday summoned as accused by a special court in a coal scam case pertaining to allocation of the Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 and asked to appear before it on 8 April.

Coal scam Summons to Birla Manmohan Singh came as a surprise says PC Parakh

PC Parakh. Ibnlive

"It (summon) came as a surprise to me," Parakh told reporters in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

However, he said, "Court has its own method of working and its not appropriate to comment on that."

When asked whether there were any political reasons to these summons, Parakh said there are no political overtones to it.

Besides these three, the court also summoned M/s Hindalco, its officials Shubhendu Amitabh and D Bhattacharya as accused in the case.

CBI, in its FIR, had named Parakh, Birla, M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd and other unknown persons for alleged offences under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under provisions of the PCA.

However, the agency had later filed a closure report in the court, which had refused to accept it.

The court, in its 16 December last year order, had directed CBI to examine former PM Singh and some top officials of then PMO, including Singh's then Principal Secretary TKA Nair and then private secretary B V R Subramanyam.

PTI

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