Special court says report filed by the CBI chief lacks legally sustainable reasons or logic

New Delhi : A special court on Wednesday pulled up CBI chief Ranjit Sinha for the closure report approved by him in a coal block allocation scam lacked any legally sustainable ‘reasons or logic’.

Refusing to accept the closure report, it cautioned the agency that line of distinction between an “inadvertent act or a malafide act” was very thin and the vetting of reports should confirm to well settled principles of law and hoped that no such mistakes shall occur in future.

“I may also mention that since the final reports are vetted by prosecution branch of CBI and thereafter by Director CBI as per the practice being followed, then it is expected that in view of the vast experience of the legal officers of CBI and the senior officers of CBI, including the Director, the vetting of the reports should not only confirm to the well settled principles of law but also to sound and legally sustainable reasons and logic,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.

The observations came in a case involving Vikash Metals and Power Ltd (VMPL) and its officials in which they were accused of making false claims related to land allocation to get undue advantage in the coal block allocation.

However, the agency had later on filed a closure report saying the allegations against VMPL or its directors or even against the public servants could not be substantiated during the course of investigation.

The court also ordered further probe in one of the case arising from coal blocks allocation scam, saying the vetting of reports by top officers of CBI, including its Director, should be based upon “sound and legally sustainable reasons”.

The court also asked the CBI Director and DIGs, who are supervising probe in coal scam cases, to ensure proper training of the officers to hone up their skills for probing

the case.

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