Dropping a political bomb, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has submitted before the Supreme Court that the agency’s report on coalmine scam was “shared” with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and officials of the PMO and Coal Ministry “as desired by them” .
Sinha’s affidavit goes against the earlier CBI claim that the coalgate scam report was not shared with anyone in the government. The submission has triggered a political storm with the Opposition demanding the Law Minister's resignation. In his affidavit, Sinha has also assured the court of not sharing the future reports in this case with any member of the political executive.
Earlier, the CBI and the Centre had clashed over the coalgate scam with the agency making charges of “arbitrary allotments without scrutiny” in the court and the Government strongly denying them. In its status report filed on March 8, the agency had alleged that the coal block allocation during 2006-09 was done arbitrarily and without proper checks on companies which had, allegedly, misrepresented facts and the Coal Ministry gave no rationale while making coal blocks allocations to them.