BJP demands SIT to probe coalgate

PTI, PANAJI | 09 September 2012 21:11 IST

Courtesy: Keshav in The Hindu

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded constitution of special investigation team (SIT) to investigate into the coal block allocation scam revealed by Comptroller Auditor of General (CAG) report.

BJP’s national leader Arun Jaitley speaking to mediapersons in Goa demanded the formation of the SIT, which will be completely independent of the government, to inquire into the allocation of coalblocks.

He said that the party does not have faith in the investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter, as the agency works directly under the central government.

“In the light of the fact that action of Prime Minister’s office has to be inquired into, CBI’s investigation will never meet high standard of credibility,” Jaitley said.

“The recent track record of CBI is also not much encouraging,” he added.

Demanding SIT, Jaitley stated that the investigation like that by  Justice M B Shah Commission (which inquired into the illegal iron ore mining scam in several states including Goa) should be conducted.

“I am afraid, the agency inquiring into coalblock allocation (CBI) does not have that level of credibility,” the BJP leader commented.

Responding to a question, the BJP leader did not rule out party following up their demand of Prime Minister’s resignation through rallies and public meetings.

“The party is meeting on September 13 to decide its future course of action in this matter,” he said, adding that the party will go the root of the matter so that nature of these allotment and kind of people involved can be exposed. 

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