CBI seeks time for clarifications against Birla

RSTV Bureau

CBI on Monday sought more time in a Delhi court to give clarifications on queries posed to it in connection with a closure report filed in coal block allocation case in which an FIR was lodged against top industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and others.

Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) R S Cheema told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar that the DIG and SP concerned were not available and therefore, he needed some more time to address the arguments in the matter.

The court allowed the submission of Cheema and posted the matter for hearing on October 13.

The court was hearing the closure report filed by CBI in its FIR lodged against Birla, former Coal Secretary P C Parakh and others.

On September 12, the court had asked CBI as to what was the hurry in closing the case in which FIR was registered against Birla, Parakh and others.

The observation of the court had come after the investigating officer (IO) in the case had contended that the original minutes of meeting of screening committee, in which
Birla-owned Hindalco’s application seeking allocation of coal blocks was dealt with, were “missing”.

The agency had told the court that it has already lodged a PE (preliminary enquiry) regarding the missing documents.

CBI had on August 28 filed a closure report in the case.

The FIR against Birla, Parakh and others was registered in October last year by CBI which had alleged that Parakh had reversed his decision to reject coal block allocation to Hindalco within months “without any valid basis or change in circumstances” and shown “undue favours”.