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CBI faces court's ire over filing report in improper format

The CBI faced the wrath of a special court for not filing in a "proper format" the final report in a coal block allocation scam case.

Published: 13th January 2017 06:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2017 06:20 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The CBI today faced the wrath of a special court for not filing in a "proper format" the final report in a coal block allocation scam case against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and others.

"It is high time" that the CBI should know how to file a report in the court, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said expressing annoyance over the manner in which the final report was filed before him. The CBI inspector, who filed the report, faced the flak of the court as the judge asked him "not to behave like a junior officer" and warned him that he will have to explain in writing if he does not file the report in the prescribed format.

Initially, the court asked the official to file the report in a proper format within three days but when he expressed his inability to do so, the court observed, "Don't you know it has to be submitted in a proper format? It is high time you should know it".

"You (official) are saying this is the final report. You are again saying you can't file it within this period. Think before what you say. Don't say anything in the court like this. You are an inspector, don't behave like a constable. I have already warned you on several occasion earlier," the judge said.

Later, the court accepted the final report noting that sufficient time has already lapsed in the matter and asked the agency to file the documents in a "proper format" by January 23, the next date of hearing. While filing the report which contained CFSL report, list of documents, list of witnesses and their statements, the agency told the court that the probe was complete in the case.

Earlier too, the court had pulled up the CBI for delay in filing the report, saying it was affecting the progress of trial.



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