CBI Director Ranjit Sinha was on Monday directed by the Supreme Court to come out in "black and white" on averments made against him for allegedly entertaining scam-tainted visitors at his official residence here, saying that it is a "serious" issue.
In what can bring in more trouble for the Congress party, a book authored by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai is set to make a disclosure that the senior UPA functionaries wanted to tamper with the reports of Coalgate and Commonwealth scams.
Senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium, whose name was left out by the Centre for elevation as Supreme Court judge on Friday emerged as the first choice of Chief Justice of India RM Lodha to try the high and mighty in the coal blocks scam cases.
Various Coal ministers including Shibu Soren and Dasari Narayana Rao besides MPs cutting across the political class scuttled reforms in the Coal ministry that could have prevented the coal scam despite full support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in pushing reforms, former Coal Secretary PC Parakh said on Monday.
Former Coal Secretary PC Parakh on Monday claimed that the multi-crore coal block allocation scam could have been avoided if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asserted in pushing reforms including open bidding of coal blocks.
At a time when his former media advisor`s book has created political ripples, former coal secretary PC Parakh has embarrassed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by saying that he was heading a government in which he had "little" political authority.