New Delhi: A day before crucial Supreme Court hearing on coal block allocation scam, the Additional Solicitor General (ASG), Harin Rawal, blamed the Attorney General GE Vahanvati of influencing the CBI probe into coal scam.

Rawal is believed to have written a letter to Vahanvati levelling serious allegation against the first law officer of the country. Raval accused that the Attorney General had in the past interfered with high-profile CBI cases entrusted to Raval, besides making his displeasure known over being made a ‘scapegoat’, according to people familiar with the letter.

Rawal, who is likely to step down as government's law officer, had told the Apex Court in its last hearing that the March 8 status report of the CBI investigation into the coal scam had not been seen by the political executive.

His statement that the status report submitted to the Apex Court had not been shown to the political executive was contradicted by April 26 affidavit by the CBI Director, Ranjit Sinha.

Sinha said the status report was vetted by the Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and the two Joint Secretary level officers in the Prime Minister office and the coal ministry respectively.

This draft report was shared with them at their instance, he said in the affidavit. Rawal is learned to have told the Attorney General that it was at his instance that he went to attend the meeting convened by the Law Minister wherein the CBI director and other senior officer of the investigating agency were present.

He has said that he received these instruction through an SMS message. Rawal's letter to Attorney General is apparently rooted in investigating agency's decision to replace the senior counsel UU Lalit who also happens to be the special public prosecutor before 2G Special Court of Additional Session Judge OP Saini, holding the trial in 2G spectrum allocation cases.

(Agencies)

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