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Coal scam: Manmohan Singh challenges CBI’s summons

Manmohan SinghFormer Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against CBI court’s summons to him in a coal scam case.

A special CBI Judge had ordered Dr. Singh and other accused to appear before the court on April 8, 2015 for alleged offences punishable under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) of the IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

On March 12, 2015 a special CBI court had summoned Dr. Singh, along with five others including Mr. Birla and the former coal secretary P.C. Parakh in a case involving the allocation of Odisha’s Talabira coal blocks in 2005 to Hindalco, a Birla group company.

Dr. Singh has already been questioned by the agency twice in the case.

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