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Manmohan Singh moves SC against summons issued in coalgate

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today moved the Supreme Court against a special court order summoning him as accused in the case of allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 to Aditya Birla group company Hindalco.

Hindalco Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary P C Parakh, who were also summoned as accused in the case, have also filed petitions challenging the trial court order.

Singh has sought quashing of the summons issued to him to appear as an accused on April 8 by Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar on the ground that the order was passed without application of mind.

“There is complete non-application of mind,” the petition said about theĀ  March 11 order.

A team of senior advocates, led by Kapil Sibal, has settled Singh’s petition which is likely to be mentioned for urgent hearing in a day or two.

One of the advocates, associated with the filing of the Special Leave Petition, said there are several other grounds to show that the summoning order was “bad in law”.

The plea also said that there was nothing on record to point out that Singh has done any acts which may constitute any offence.

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