SC stays Summon issued to Manmohan Singh in Coal Scam

New Delhi, April 01: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not have to appear before the special CBI court as an "Accused" in the coal block allocation scam as the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the summon issued to him in the matter.

Dr Singh had moved the apex court challenging the summon issued by the trial court.

Along with Singh, Industrialist Kumarmangalam Birla and the then coal secretary PC Parakh were summoned to appear before the court on April 8 in connection with the massive coal scam.

They were summoned for offences of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Singh is accused of showing favour in the allocation of Talabira II and III coal blocks in Sundargarh district of Odisha to Hindalco, owned by Kumarmangalam Birla, when he was holding the coal portfolio.

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