Joint Director Rakesh Asthana has alleged that the name of a senior railway official, who is the fulcrum of the conspiracy, was omitted with the approval of CBI Director Alok Verma in the Lalu Yadav-BNR Hotel FIR
Coal scam: CBI frames charges against Dilip Ray, former Union minister calls it political vendetta by UPA
Former Union coal minister Dilip Ray claimed on Wednesday he was a victim of "political vendetta" by the then UPA government after a special CBI court framed charges against him for his alleged involvement in coal block allocation case.
The reason for this pessimism is on account of the fact that, just like in the allocation of coal blocks, the CBI investigation is proceeding in a highly selective manner.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told CBI that he did not try to "influence" anybody, nor was there "any undue haste" in awarding the Talabira-II coal block to Hindalco which was initially refused.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told CBI that he had "many other issues to worry" being at the helm of the government and it was practically not possible for him to know and recollect every guideline on coal block allocation.
Ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda's plea seeking summoning of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and two others as additional accused in a coal scam case will be heard on 1 September, a Special Court said on Friday.
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda on Monday urged a Delhi court to summon former prime minister Manmohan Singh in connection with a coal block allocation case.
Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and five others, including two senior public servants, have been summoned as accused by a special court for their alleged roles in a coal block allocation scam case.
A special court today framed a "separate charge" for the alleged offence of cheating against accused firm Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd (JIPL) in a coal blocks allocation scam case.
The court's summons came despite the CBI having filed two closure reports in which it said it had found no evidence against accused like Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh.
In a relief for Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and its promoter Naveen Jindal, Delhi High Court today directed a technical committee to review its own decision to change the end-use of two coal blocks earlier alloted to the company and removing the mines from the auction.
The CBI was today directed by a special court to record statements of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was holding charge as Coal Minister in 2005, and others in a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving top industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla.
The government is now planning to allocate coal blocks through auction by February next.<br />
The court after hearing the submissions advanced by Cheema and CBI prosecutors VK Sharma and AP Singh fixed the matter for 25 November for consideration of the agency's closure report.<br />
The move comes against the backdrop of the Supreme Court last month quashing allocation of 214 coal blocks to various companies since 1993.
The CBI chief said he would be filing the case week next week as all the allegations levelled by Bhushan against him had "fallen flat" the Income Tax probe.
The government should give the first right of refusal in the ensuing coal mine auction to the companies which lost the blocks in the mass cancellation by the Supreme Court today, former Coal Secretary PC Parakh said.
Terming the Supreme Court's ruling cancelling 214 coal blocks as "a bit harsh", industry body Assocham today said it will lead to higher imports.
The Supreme Court's final verdict in the coal blocks allocation case is sensible and non-disruptive