The Apex Court was earlier expected to examine the CBI's status report on the coal scam on Tuesday, which was filed on October 22 - a week after the probe agency chargesheeted industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh.

The CBI had filed fresh status report in a sealed envelope in the Supreme Court giving details of the ongoing probe in which companies, business tycoons and bureaucrats have come under its scanner.

On October 26, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) handed over the file related to controversial allocation of coal block to Hindalco in Odisha to the CBI, as sought by the investigative agency.

The PMO told the CBI that it is ready to provide any other information, if required, about the allocation of Talabira coal block made in 2005.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been under the attack of Opposition over the allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco promoted by Birla, defended the decision as ‘entirely appropriate’ and based on merits of the case presented to him.

"I am not above the law of the land. If there is anything the CBI or, for that matter anybody, wants to ask me, I have nothing to hide," he had said.

The CBI had on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking its permission to include one more officer in the team of 39 officials conducting probe into coal blocks allocation scam.

The agency filed the application as the Apex Court had directed it that no changes to be made in the team of officers probing the multi-crore scam.


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