NGO seeks SIT probe into coal blocks cases

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) An NGO Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking setting up of an SIT to investigate all cases relating to the unlawful and illegal allocation of coal blocks and the government’s alleged bid to interfere in the on-going probe.

The NGO Common Cause in its application also sought investigation by a special investigation team (SIT) into the unlawful interference by the government in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe and the dilution of its status report.

The application said the blatant interference by the government in the CBI investigation was not only unlawful and a criminal offence, it also amounted to contempt of court.

A status report which was to be filed in the apex court in pursuance to its direction was “changed and diluted at the instance of the government which had no business in influencing the investigation”, especially when it was itself the subject matter of investigation.

The alleged actions of the law minister, Prime Minister’s Office and others therefore clearly amount to criminal contempt of the court, the application said.

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