New Delhi: A special court today asked the CBI to clarify whether "rule of law" was followed in allocation of coal blocks to top industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla's Hindalco.
During the hearing on the closure report filed by the CBI in its FIR lodged against Birla, former coal secretary P C Parakh and others, the court asked the agency whether there was an act of "omission or commission" in the allocation of blocks to Hindalco.
"You (CBI) have to clarify three things. First, whether the rule of law was followed or not. Second is whether there was an act of omission or commission in it and the last one is whether the act of omission or commission, if any, has an element of criminality," Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.
During the hearing, the CBI's investigating officer (IO) told the court that during their probe, they have not found any criminality in allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco.
IO said that initially the screening committee had not recommended allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco but later on it reviewed its decision at the request of Birla and said that blocks be given to Hindalco.