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Court orders CBI to record Statement of Manmohan Singh in Coal Scam

New Delhi, Dec 16: A Special Court on Tuesday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to further investigate the coal scam case and directed to record the statement of Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India.

While hearing the coal block case involving industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla former coal secretary P C Parakh and others here today, the Special Judge Bharat Parashar told the CBI, "I desire that statements of then coal minister (Manmohan Singh) be recorded".

The court also directed the agency to file the status report of its further probe in the case on January 27.

An FIR was lodged against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, former Coal Secretary P C Parakh and others relating to the allocation of Talabira II and III coal blocks in Odisha in 2005 to Hindalco. CBI had later on filed a closure report in the case.

During the hearing on November 25, the CBI was asked why the agency did not question former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also holding the coal portfolio between 2005 and 2009.

The CBI had initially felt that Singhs examination was required, but later it was found to be not necessary, the agency said in its report to the court.

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