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Coal scam: Court pulls up CBI for filing ‘vague’ report

The CBI on Monday faced the ire of a special court here for filing a “vague” report on a plea for return of passport by an accused in a coal blocks scam case with the judge warning the investigating officer (IO) that cost would be imposed on him in future.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar was unhappy with the CBI’s compliance report on service of notice to the passport officer, Nagpur, and observed that the document placed in the court was “not proper” and “vague”.

“A bare perusal of the entire report and other documents shows that the report is per say vague. It does not say as to whom summons were served and except the word served, there is no other word written on it.

“IO has been warned that in future the report should be in pursuance to rules and procedures of CrPC,” the court said.

The court had earlier issued a notice to the concerned passport officer at Nagpur on a plea filed by accused Manoj Jayaswal, Director of co-accused firm Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, seeking return of his passport seized by the CBI during the investigation.

The court’s observation came while hearing a case in which Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Manoj Jayaswal and the firm were chargesheeted for offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

During the hearing on Monday, the judge was annoyed as to why CBI had not filed a proper compliance report and warned the IO that it would impose cost on him and it will be deducted from his salary.

“It will not work in my court…. You should file a proper report in the court. What prevented you from writing two-three lines properly in the report. I do not care how CBI works. I want the report in the court as per the procedures of law,” the judge observed.

The court summoned the concerned regional passport officer in Delhi to appear before it on September 26 to explain status of the matter relating to Jayaswal’s passport.

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