New Delhi, Sept. 5: The Supreme Court today refrained from passing any order on a plea that sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s questioning over the coal block allocations.
“Has the CBI closed the probe? It is still going on. The inquiry is not circumscribed by any constraint,” Justices Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph told petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma.
He had also sought the questioning of coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal and former coal minister Shibu Soren over allotments between 1993-2010.
The observations came during a hearing where the CBI said there was no need for prior sanction to prosecute senior officials in court-monitored cases like the coal probe. But the Centre said it was necessary to protect them from “vexatious or motivated complaints”.
Petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma, on whose PIL the court had ordered had the coal probe, said the CBI had not questioned the Prime Minster and the other two leaders in the past six months despite registering 13 FIRs.