Adding twist to a case pertaining to coal blocks allocation scam, which involves Nagpur based JAS Infrastructure and Power Ltd and others, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided to file the revised closure report in order to ‘explain’ the logic behind the report. The CBI has informed about its decision to this effect to a special court on Tuesday.
CBI’s move came after the judge had observed that the probe was incomplete. The court was hearing arguments on the closure report filed by CBI in the case in which it had lodged FIR against Nagpur-based businessman Manoj Jayaswal and others for alleged irregularities by JAS Infrastructure and Power Limited in acquiring the coal blocks.
The court had asked CBI whether it was a “deliberate act or negligent act” by Coal Ministry officials to clear files relating to allocation of coal blocks. It had also expressed dissatisfaction over the explanation given by CBI.
Special public prosecutor R S Cheema told the court that the agency will file a comprehensive revised closure report which would be “explanatory” in nature. The court had earlier observed that nothing was clear in its closure report and it was irked over the agency adopting different yardsticks in different cases and not following a uniform policy in its investigation.
After Cheema informed the court about filing of a revised closure report in the case, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar fixed the matter for September 23.
“SPP (special public prosecutor) states that CBI will be filing a revised closure report under the provision of the CrPC which shall be detailed and explanatory .. in nature,” the court said.
The court had observed that the issue in coal blocks allocation cases, including this case, was that there was loss to the exchequer but CBI’s probe was silent on the aspect if “it was a deliberate act or negligent act on the part of the officials of Ministry of Coal” to allocate coal blocks to such firms.
CBI had told the court that during its probe it had not found misrepresentation of facts by JAS Infrastructure and Power Limited.
It had lodged an FIR in the case on the allegation that JAS Infrastructure and Power Ltd had not disclosed to the Coal Ministry that it was in possession of coal blocks earlier.
The company allegedly signed memorandum of understanding for small periods with a number of companies and added their equity to project their sound financial status at the time of application for coal blocks, CBI had alleged in its FIR.
However, during the investigation, CBI could not find any “prosecutable evidence” against the firm and others and filed a closure report in the case.