Why was court kept in dark on coalgate, SC to CBI
CBI must be liberated from political interference, says Supreme Court In a big embarrassment to the government in the Coalgate case, the Supreme Cou...
CBI must be liberated from political interference, says Supreme Court In a big embarrassment to the government in the Coalgate case, the Supreme Court today termed as "very disturbing" the CBI affidavit on sharing its report with the Law Minister and others and slammed the agency for having kept the court in the dark on the issue.A The top court says their first exercise is to free the CBI from political interference. At the hearing, the Apex Court questioned as to why it was kept inA the dark when the CBI shared the report with the government.A The court said that itA believed and trusted the CBI but still it did not disclose anything on how the draft was changed and how the court was kept in the dark. The court came down heavily saying that sharing the report with the government has shaken the entire process and the CBI's independent position must be restored. Probe must be independent and not influenced by any extraneous condition. The Supreme Court stated that the CBI's foundation was shaky and as an investigator theyA needn'tA seek instructions from anyone. The court slammed the premier investigative agency saying that this shows the total erosion of trust imposed on them. The Court also questioned if Law Minister and officials of Prime Ministers Office and Coal ministry are entitled to call for agency's probe report in coal scam. The Apex court has now given CBI until May 6 to clarify as to why in the status report of March 8, no disclosure was made that draft report has been shared with Government.