Bengal coal scam: Supreme Court orders Anup Majhi to file answer on CBI affidavit

Kolkata: Anup Majhi, the main accused in the West Bengal coal mining scam, has been asked by the apex court to file an answer on the affidavits of the CBI and the West Bengal government. Also, the court has fixed the date of Monday i.e. March 15 for the hearing. Advocate Harish Salve on behalf of Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) before a bench headed by Justice Chandrachud said that we have filed a special permission petition in this case. This is against the order of the Lower Court and the High Court.

While the counsel of the petitioner Anup Majhi, Mukul Rohatgi said that we have filed a petition against the double bench of the High Court, in which the intervention of the double bench has been questioned. SG Tushar Mehta said that the investigation in UP found that the scam took place in several states, due to which the investigation was handed over to the CBI. After hearing the arguments of all the parties, the bench said that the court will hear the case on March 15, so that the petition of Eastern Coalfield Limited can also be heard simultaneously.

At this time, Anup Majhi should file a reply on the affidavit of the CBI and the state government. The West Bengal government has filed an affidavit stating that the CBI does not even have the right to investigate the matter of the state because the state government had withdrawn its approval two years ago, but the CBI is still investigating. In the previous hearing, the court had refused to order the main accused businessman Anup Majhi from arrest or punitive action by the CBI in the FIR lodged by the CBI.

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