Filed 35 cases against companies in coal scam: CBI tells SC

The CBI told the Supreme Court today that it has filed 35 cases against companies in the coal scam and the legal process is on way in the rest of some hundred cases. The court has set March 31 as the deadline to complete the investigation and file cases.

The bench headed by Justice Madan Lokur recorded the statements of the CBI in various cases and posted the matter for further hearing on April 27.

Common Cause counsel Prashant Bhushan sought a CBI report into the diversion of coal from Sarsen coalfields, meant for ultra mega power projects, for other purposes by Reliance Energy.

The company officials had visited former CBI director Ranjit Sinha over 60 times at his official residence and nothing has happened about the charge of diversion of resources.

Bhushan also submitted that several public sector firms which had coal blocks had handed over them to private entities in the name of joint ventures.  The judges observed that they  will look into these allegations at the next hearing.