UPA-II has suffered a major embarassment with the Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval alleging that he was being made "a scapegoat". Raval had appeared on CBI'S behalf in the apex court in March and assured it that the status report was a "classified document meant only for the eyes of the judges", and that "it was not shared with the political executive". It now turns out that the report had been tampered with not only by the law minister, but also the PMO and the coal ministry officials. The CBI director has admitted it in an affidavit in the court, which prompted the Opposition to demand Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's and Law Minister Ashawni Kumar's resignations.
To wriggle out of the mess that he has landed himself in, Raval has written to Attorney General Goolam E. Vahanvati, accusing him of "trying to influence the CBI's probe into Coalgate and other cases." Raval has alleged that he was being made a "scapegoat" and has also presented an account of the meeting held in March in which the law minister had sought changes in the status report.
The war of words between the two law officers is going to further mess up the things for the government in the court and outside it. It gives fresh ammunition to the Opposition, which has been gunning for the PM and his law minister for fiddling around with the coalgate report.