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Mukesh Kumawat, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The Hindu on 15th March 2015 reported that Manmohan Singh has no option other than approaching the Supreme Court for relief from a summon by the Delhi High Court in relation to the Coalgate scam.
A July 25, 2014, order by the Supreme Court leaves former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and five others with no option but to move the Supreme Court for relief. BJP had then raised an objection to this. Manmohan Singh along with Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former union coal secretary PC Parakh have been accused of criminal conspiracy and breach of trust in the allocation of a coal mine in 2005 and asked to appear before a Delhi court on April 8, reported The Economic Times on 12th Mar 2015. The court also summoned D Bhattacharya, the MD of Hindalco, the Aditya Birla Group company which was allocated the mine, and Group Executive President Shubhendu Amitabh.
The High court rejected the closure report filed by CBI before it saying that “there was a conscious effort” on the part of Singh to “somehow accommodate” Hindalco in obtaining a share of the output of Talabira-II coal block. The crux of the court order is that the 82-year-old former PM, in his capacity as coal minister, allegedly ignored “the words of caution” of two PMO officers.
The entire congress top brass including Sonia Gandhi turned up at Singh’s house to express solidarity with him and assured him of the services of top legal eagles from the party.
This is the first time that an ex-Prime Minister has been summoned by a court. The court is doing its job well. This news has increased the faith of the people in the judiciary of India.