Coal block scam: CBI seeks more time to examine evidence

| Updated: Dec 20, 2016 17:07 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 20 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought more time from the CBI special court to examine evidence in the coal block allocation scam. During the hearing here today, the court observed that due to a delay in filing of a report by the CBI, the trial was being delayed. More time was also sought by the CBI to examine the evidences and also to seek necessary approvals since another director has assumed charge of the CBI. The CBI also stated that hard disks and letters were sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, and opinions of handwriting and computer experts were also being sought. Next date of hearing is 13th January 2017. Earlier, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir, had filed a plea asking for a re-investigation in the matter. The plea was filed in response to the closure report sought by the two Union Ministers. The apex court had earlier asked the duo for their final submission in the case. On not being satisfied with the closure report, the two leaders sought for a re-investigation. The scam dates back to 1993 when the Centre allocated coal blocks to private companies during 1993-2010. However, the Supreme Court had in 2014 termed these allocations illegal. It was on the complaint filed by Javadekar and Ahir in 2012 that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) ordered a CBI probe into the matter. Earlier in 2014, apex court set up a special CBI court to try all the cases filed in the coal allocation scam. (ANI)