Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao on Wednesday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was under pressure for not investigating former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his role in the coal block allocation case relating to Hindalco.
The CBI on its ongoing probe in the alleged coal scam case on Sunday registered a case against Electrosteel Castings Ltd and an unknown public servant and also conducted raids at five places in West Bengal and Jharkhand.
A day after the CBI was directed by a special court to examine former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the case of Talabira II coal block allocation to Hindalco, BJP and Congress on Wednesday demanded interrogation of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik by the central agency.
The CBI was on Tuesday directed by a special court to record statements of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was holding charge as Coal Minister in 2005, and others in a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving top industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla.
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, ex-chief secretary Ashok Kumar Basu, former coal secretary H C Gupta and five others have been chargesheeted by CBI in a coal scam case relating to allocation of coal blocks to a Kolkata-based firm.