The Prime Minister has nominated Kumar as PM's Special Envoy (in the rank and the privileges of a Cabinet Minister) to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges with Japan.

"And to prepare for the upcoming visit of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the Prime Minister of Japan to India," an official letter to Kumar said.

Kumar was under severe pressure from the Opposition after the Supreme Court came down heavily on the CBI for allowing the Law Ministry to vet the draft of CBI probe report on Coalgate.

Commenting on Ashwani Kumar's role as Law Minister, the Apex Court had said that a minister can ask for a report but can't interfere with the CBI probe.

(Agencies)

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