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Supreme Court observations in coal blocks allocation case

Published: 30th April 2013 05:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th April 2013 05:40 PM   |  A+A-

By IANS

* We believed you and trusted you...this is how the draft report was changed...the court was kept in dark.

* So far the investigation is concerned. It must be independent and uninfluenced by any extraneous influence. The question is that the investigation process has been shaken. The entire process of investigation has not been impartial.

*Justice should not only be done but seem to have been done. The investigation has not only to be done impartially but appear have been done impartially.

* How do we move on this? From this, is it not tantamount to suppression of a vital piece of information from the court.

* Had we not passed the order for filing of an affidavit, nobody would have ever known of the vetting by the political executive.

* Was it done deliberately? Why was it done? Was was it decided to suppress vital information from the court?

* After all, there is a question mark on the idependence and impartiality of the CBI.

* First thing we have to do is to liberate the CBI from extraneous consideration, influences and intrusions so that henceforth, the agency is not maligned that its investigation has been influenced by political bosses and for extraneous considerations.

* The first task is that everybody can be proud of the independence and the impartiality of the CBI investigation and the position is restored to CBI that it deserved.

* Can you tell if minister of law and justice entitled to call for such a report?

* Despite repeated reminders, the coal ministry did not furnish the information sought by the CBI. However, what was furnished was not conforming to the information requisitioned by the CBI. On the other hand, a joint secretary, ministry of coal desired to see the status report.

* If we find that the investigation has been influenced by someone who has no business or authority to do so, then the only inference is that investigation is a farce and the entire investigation would be rendered meaningless. We want to know if somebody was sought to be shielded, then our reaction will be different.

* What changes were made (in the draft report) and at whose instance these (changes) were made and what effect it has.

* We are not to open the Pandora's box. If the allocation of coal blocks was reasonable, rational, lawful and on constitutional, then it is alright otherwise consequences must follow.

* Prima facie it appears that CBI is looking into the matter objectively.



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