Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can’t be held as accused in coal scam case, a Delhi court said today, while dismissing a request to summon him as a blamed. The Special CBI court was listening to a case filed by previous Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda who is additionally is also one of the accused in the case with affirmed abnormalities in the allotment of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to Jindal Steel – belongs to industrialist and Congress personnel Naveen Jindal – and Gagan Sponge.
On September 28, the court had held the request on Mr Koda’s urge after the CBI was reluctant to it, saying that there was no proof which even by all appearances proposes that Mr Singh was involved in the distribution of a coal blocks to Naveen Jindal Group firms.
Central Bureau of Investigation had made probe in the court that the urge of Mr Koda was without any benefits and the records don’t mirror that Mr Singh, who held the Coal Portfolio around then, had any connection with the accused. It had additionally said there was no confirmation to demonstrate that Mr Singh had acted in a “mechanical way” in the whole process. Mr Koda had charged that Central Bureau of Investigation was attempting to appear there was no connection of the then Prime Minister in the whole process.
Previous Jharkhand’s chief minister had likewise stated that it can’t be confirmed that Mr Singh was not mindful of the considerable about the truthfulness and if the record was said to be steered through then Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, who also stands as an accused, cannot get to a conclusion that it was Mr.Singh was one of the culprit.
Madhu Koda had likewise looked for summoning of Anand Swaroop, then Secretary and Jai Shankar Tiwari, then Secretary as extra charged for the situation. As to Swaroop and Mr Tiwari, CBI had told the court that they are vital prosecution witnesses for the situation and rather it was Koda who had tinkered with proposals.