Supreme Court Smashes Govt On Coal Gate
Supreme Court of India yesterday smashed Govt and CBI argument on Coal Gate and asked CBI not to listen to its politcal bosses. It questioned why the heart of status report was changed and on whose permission two officers from PMO saw the report.
A Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph, examining the CBI Director’s affidavit, also criticised Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar for accessing the draft status report. Justice Lodha observed: “we want to know whether the Law Minister can ask the CBI to show details of probe or status report in a case involving people of other ministries and the PMO. Does it not subvert integrity of the investigation if changes are brought in the status report on suggestions of the Law Minister and government officers? Even if administrative superintendence is there for the ministry concerned, investigation must be left alone.”
It asked Govt to think of constituting a law. The bench said “We would be happy if a law is put in place before the next date of hearing [on July 10.] The government need not wait for Parliament approval. There are other methods to achieve the objective [implying that an ordinance could be promulgated] and it would be a golden day if that happens.”