CBI Director admits India’s premier investigation agency under government control

Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal was reportedly forced to resign which being seen as the fallout of Coal scam fiasco
New Delhi/April 30
Though Indian government’s continuously harping that India’s premier investigating agency works independently, Ranjit Sinha, the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said that the agency is not an independent body and he work under government.
“I am not independent and the agency works under control,” Sinha said while talking to mediapersons in New Delhi here today. While reply to a correspondent’s query, Sinha said that he had shown the report to Union Law Minister Ashwini Kumar and he is not embarrassed about the fact as he is part of the government.
“I had showed the report to Union Law Minister and I am not embarrassed as I am part of the government,” Sinha added.
Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal was reportedly forced to resign which being seen as the fallout of Coal scam fiasco. Raval, reportedly, was asked to resign after he wrote a letter of Indian Attorney General l G E Vahanvati in which he alleged that he has been made a ‘scapegoat’ in the coal scam status report which had allegedly misled Indian Supreme Court.
In the letter, Raval wrote ‘with a very heavy heart, I am constrained to address this letter to you to make the record straight and take the liberty of reminding you of the facts which are within your knowledge and of which corroboration exists.’
Yesterday, Harin Raval, reportedly, had alleged that it was Vahanvati who had filed the CBI’s status report in sealed cover instead of filing an affidavit. Indian Attorney General was present ‘when permission was sought for filing status report in a sealed cover instead of filing of an affidavit as per my statement recorded in the order dated 24.01.2013.
“During the course of hearing when you were called upon to respond to certain paragraphs of the Status Report as regards the decision of the Government and the Screening Committee in the matter of allocations of coal blocks, you had not only exhibited ignorance of the facts stated in the Status Report which you had earlier perused, but had made a statement that what is stated in the Status Report was not to your knowledge and same was not shared with the Government. In fact, during the course of hearing, I was also called upon to show you those relevant paragraphs from the copy of the Status Report that was made available to me during the course of hearing by the CBI officials instructing me in the matter. The same was shown to you in Court,” said Harin Raval.
Earlier in the day, Supreme Court of India slammed CBI for showing the report to Indian Law Minister and PMO officials and misleading the Apex Court by not revealing the real facts.
An Apex Court bench headed by Justice R M Lodha stated that it was a very disturbing fact that earlier CBI thorough Additional Solicitor General had stated that the status report on Coal Scam was not shared with anyone.
But CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, in an affidavit had said that CBI’s status report on coal cam was shown to Union Law Minister and Prime Minister Office’s officials.
The Apex Court observed that CBI by sharing the report with Indian government had brought out some disturbing features in case and CBI should not take instructions from political masters.