New Delhi: Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, who is under fire for vetting the CBI’s status report on coal scam probe, on Thursday went to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), triggering speculation that he met Manmohan Singh. But in a surprise move, the minister denied that he met the Prime Minister.

Kumar was inside South Block, the office of the Prime Minister, for about 30 minutes. This led to speculation that he had gone there to meet Singh to discuss the critical observations made by the Supreme Court over the vetting of CBI report.

However, while speaking to media, Kumar said, "I did not meet the Prime Minister today."

It was later known that the Prime Minister was then at Rashtrapati Bhawan for a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee.

Sources said Kumar met officials in the PMO to discuss the situation arising out of the Supreme Court's observations.

Meanwhile, Attorney General GE Vahanvati met the Prime Minister and briefed him on Wednesday’s proceedings of the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, the Apex Court had examined a nine-page affidavit filed by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha alleging that Law Minister, officials of PMO and Coal Ministry vetted the investigating agency’s status report on coal scam probe. “Probe report is not a progress report to be shared with the government and its officials. The heart of the report was changed on the suggestions of government officials,” the SC had observed.

(JPN/Agencies)

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