Law Minister, PMO made changes in Coal Report

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The CBI told the Supreme Court Monday that four changes were made at the instance of Law and Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar and PMO officials in its draft report on the probe into coal blocks allocation but no evidence against any suspect was removed.

In a nine-page affidavit, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha said “there was no deletion of any evidence against any suspect” and the “central theme of the status report” was “not changed”.

Ranjit Sinha said the CBI’s tentative findings that the screening committee which scrutinised applications for the allocation of coal blocks had not prepared a broadsheet or chart for its evaluation was deleted at the instance of Ashwani Kumar from the draft report.

“The other tentative findings about non-preparation of broadsheets or charts by the screening committee, to the best of our recollection, was deleted by the union minister of law and justice (Ashwani Kumar),” Ranjit Sinha said in the affidavit, filed in pursuance to the apex court’s April 30 order.

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