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How Kapil Sibal convinced SC to suspend summons issued to Manmohan Singh

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will have a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold the summons issued by a special court in connection with his alleged involvement in the coal scam.

The apex court bench of Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice C. Nagappan suspended the summons by the special court holding trial of coal scam cases as senior counsel Kapil Sibal, questioning the March 11 order summoning Manmohan Singh, asked where was the act of illegallity.

Posing a number of questions, Sibal said: “Is it illegal to allocate mines? Is it illegal to choose private parties to allocate the mines?” Sibal asked where was the illegality. Sibal said that the guidelines for the allocation of the coal blocks were not statutory in nature and the prime minister can any time take decisions bypassing the guidelines.

Can the prime minister not review the decisions of the steering committee and balance the competitive public interest by allocating a part of Talabira II to Hindalco?

While suspending the summons issued by the special court, the court issued notice to the CBI on a batch of petitions challenging the March 11 order. The court also issued a notice to the central government on a writ petition by Kumar Mangalam Birla who challenged the constitutional validity of a section in the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Besides the summons to Manmohan Singh, the court also put on hold the summons against industrialist Kumar Manglam Birla and former coal secretary P.C. Parakh,.

The special court trying coal block allocation scam cases on March 11 had summoned Manmohan Singh, Birla, Parakh and Bhattacharya for offences of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Manmohan Singh on March 25 moved the apex court to contest the special court’s March 11, 2015, order directing him to appear before it for granting a share in the combined Talabira II and Talabira III coal block in Orissa to Kumar Mangalam Birla-owned Hindalco in 2005.

The court summoned Manmohan Singh, Birla and Parakh after it rejected the closure report by the CBI.

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