New Delhi: CBI director Ranjit Sinha on Friday defended his meeting with Minister of State for Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy on Thursday evening, saying it was a "routine meeting".

Talking to reporters after submitting the central investigating agency's affidavit to the Supreme Court Friday on the status report on coal block probe, Sinha said, "He (Narayanasamy) is our minister and what is (the) problem in meeting him... I keep meeting him."

The CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court that it shared its March 8 status report on investigations into coal blocks allocation with union Minister for Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar and a senior bureaucrat in the Prime Minister's Office. Asked if any changes were made in the draft report on the coal scam by the government, Sinha said, "I will disclose everything before the Apex Court. Before sharing it with the court, I can't share it with the public."

At an investiture ceremony on Friday morning at the CBI Academy in Ghaziabad, Sinha asserted that he would meet whoever he felt the need to. "He (Narayanasamy) is my minister. I can meet him any time I want to," Sinha said, adding that he would meet anyone if there was need. Narayanasamy is also minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office.


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