Coal scam case: India's highest court sets up panel to investigate ex-CBI director

Supreme Court has decided to set up a special investigation team to look into charges against ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha's attempt to influence the coal scam probe. Photograph:( Reuters )

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 23, 2017, 10.16 AM (IST)

India's highest court has decided to set up a special investigation team(SIT) to look into charges against ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha's attempt to influence the coal scam probe.

The apex court said former CBI special director M L Sharma-led panel has indicted Ranjit Sinha for scuttling the coal scam probe. 

The Supreme Court has ordered R S Cheema, special public prosecutor in the coal scam case to the assist CBI director Alok Verma and his team on legal issues in the matter. 

"The SIT will be headed by CBI director Alok Verma, he can take assistance of two officers with court's permission," India's highest court said.

CBI had chargesheeted ex-minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, ex-Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former coal secretary H C Gupta and 11 others, including Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal in the case of alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL). 

 The other individual accused are - Rajeev Jain, director of Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Girish Kumar Suneja and Radha Krishna Saraf, GSIPL directors, K Ramakrishna Prasad, MD of Sowbhagya Media Ltd, and chartered accountant Gyan Swaroop Garg. All the accused are at present out on bail. 

Besides the nine accused, five firms - JSPL, Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Infraenergy Ltd (formerly known as GSIPL), Sowbhagya Media Ltd and New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd - are also accused in the case. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)