NEW DELHI :   The Supreme Court today pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation for delay in completing coal scam probe and asked the agency to not file closure reports in any of the coal scam related cases for now.

The court also asked the CBI to act in accordance with recommendations of the Central Vigilance Commission on cases, which was asked for opinion on 25 cases in which CBI officers had difference of opinions on whether to file a charge sheet or closure report. The vigilance commission’s recommendations were handed over to CBI in sealed covers. The court asked the CBI not to file any closure reports for now and send documents of such cases to vigilance commission for opinions. The CBI told the court that it would soon file charge sheet in three more coal scam cases.

The court, however, pulled up the agency for not completing the investigations in time. “What is the reason for delay? First we were told it will be completed by December 2013. Then we were told three more months,” the court said. The apex court also said it will consider setting up a special court to conduct trial of all coal scam related cases, following the precedent set in 2G scam case.

The Enforcement Directorate has also submitted its investigation status report and told the court that properties in one of the coal scam case have been attached while in another case, properties to be attached were being identified.

The court will next hear the case on Jul 18.

The apex court is hearing a batch of public interest petitions filed by individuals and non-government organisations alleging illegality in granting of coal blocks between 1993 and 2009.

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