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New Delhi: A special court on Wednesday ordered further investigation in a coal blocks allocation scam case, involving Vikash Metals and Power Ltd and its officials, in which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a closure report.

The court also directed the CBI to file a further progress report of the probe and fixed the case for 10 November. Vide separate order the matter has been referred to CBI for further investigation under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Copy of the order passed be sent to director, CBI and to all the DIGs, CBI who are supervising the investigation of all coal blocks allocation cases.

“Put up for submission of progress report on further investigation on 10 November," Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar said. The court also told investigating officer (IO) Rajbir Singh that the further report should be thorough and the agency should also give proper reasons in support of the conclusion drawn in the report.

“I hope you will now probe on the line of the court’s earlier order and if you differ in your conclusion, then give detailed reasons for it," the judge said. During the last hearing on 30 September, the court had pulled up the CBI officers for the way they handled the probe in a coal blocks allocation scam case, saying the agency’s officers “lacked basic skills of investigation".

It had ordered its director Ranjit Sinha and all concerned DIGs to personally look into the matter failing which they would be held “responsible". The court had also observed that the agency officers were withholding documents from it for the reasons best known to them and even the statement of witnesses, recorded during the probe into the case, was not placed before it.

The judge had also said that CBI officers were not following the basics of the CrPC and even their crime manual during investigation of the case. Even after repeated directions by the court, the CBI officers were not paying any heed to it, the judge had said.

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