CBI probe into WB Coal Mining Scam: SC asks Centre to respond on plea challenging HC order

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On Monday, the Apex Court has sought response of the central government within a week on a plea challenging the order of the High Court of Calcutta that allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe a case pertaining to illegal mining and transportation of coal through Railways in West Bengal, without the state’s consent.

A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Dr D Y Chandrachud, asked the Solicitor General (SG), Tushar Mehta, to file a detailed report within a week & posted the matter for further hearing to March 10 after going through the appeal filed by the prime accused, Anup Majee.

In this particular illegal coal mining case, in West Bengal, the CBI had already interrogated Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of State CM, Mamata Banerjee.

On the appeal of Majee, the state government had filed an affidavit & stated that the CBI didn’t have the jurisdiction to probe this case, as the state had not given its consent to CBI to go ahead with its investigation. But the same case is still being investigated by the CBI, the state government said in its reply. 

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