Supreme Court dismisses Coal gate probe plea against PM

New Delhi, Oct.29 (ANI): A plea seeking a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to name Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the case filed against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary P C Parakh in connection with a coal block allocation in Odisha, was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, which was presided over by Mr. Justices R.M.Lodha, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph said that since the investigations are still on, it was the the CBI's responsibility to look into it.

"The probe is still going on and it is for the CBI officials to look into it. "You are reaching at the conclusion when the probe is going on," the bench told the petitioner, Advocate M.L.Sharma, who demanded that Prime Minister Singh should also be questioned, as he himself had recently justified the decision taken by him as a Coal Minister to allocate natural resources to Hindalco.

The apex court also rejected another application seeking a direction to the Prime Minister to file an affidavit to make his stand clear on the allocation of coal blocks.

Sharma was one of the petitioners on whose PIL the apex court is monitoring the Coal Gate probe.

It maybe recalled that on October 19, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had defended the Prime Minister's decision as "appropriate" and said Dr. Singh had approved the allocation of the coal block to Hindalco on the "merits" placed before him. (ANI)