An investigating officer has written to the director of the CBI, Anil Sinha, that “huge amounts” of money have “exchanged hands”, adding that corrupt senior officers have contaminated some probes in the coal scam.Senior CBI sources claim Sinha took cognizance of the letter when it arrived in early April, which details 24 specific cases.

The anonymous IO, who signed the letter as “Honest IOs, CBI”, complained that “few selective officers are beneficiaries” of companies, who have bribed them to fix cases. He alleges that the companies have also pressurised investigating officers to “weaken” cases where payoffs have already been made.

The three-page letter to Anil Sinha cites one case in which a case which was closed by the Supreme Court was reopened by the when the director of the company refused to pay a bribe.

According to the Indian Express, the letter reached Sinha towards the end of May, but as per orders from the Supreme Court, the CBI cannot share information relating to any of the coal cases. A CBI spokesperson said, “As per directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CBI is not in a position to share any information relating to inquiry/investigation in Coal cases.”

In the coal case so far, the CBI has submitted 15 reports in the Supreme Court and the Enforcement Directorate has submitted nine status reports. Apart from this, the CVC has been directed to look into the cases which were closed by the top court. The apex court has scheduled the next hearing for May 4.

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