New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today approached the Supreme Court contending a trial court's decision to summon him as an accused in a coal scam case.
The apex court will take up the plea for hearing on Friday.
A special court had earlier this month summoned Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh in a coal block allocation case. The court summoned them for offences of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. All have been asked to appear in court on April 8.
The CBI had in January questioned Manmohan Singh about a coal field in Talabira block that was allotted in 2005 to Hindalco. At that time, the former Prime Minister held direct charge of the Coal Ministry.
The scam was surfaced in 2012 after CAG questioned the government's practice of awarding coal mining concessions to companies without competitive bidding.