CBI: M Nageswara Rao Reverses Alok Verma’s Order, Stops Investigation Into PM Modi’s Secretary in a Coal Scam Case
Interim Director Rao reversed four office orders issued by Alok Verma on Jan 9-10 following his SC-mandated reinstatement.
Interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) M Nageswara Rao reportedly reversed all decisions taken by his predecessor Alok Verma, on Friday, January 11. One such reversal pertains to Verma’s office order of potential chargesheeting of Bhaskar Khulbe, the secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a coal scam case.
There are allegations that Khulbe, a West Bengal cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was involved in the irregular allocation of coal blocks to a WB-based company, Ramsarup Lohh Udyog Limited in the block of Moira-Madhujore in his then capacity as the advisor, industries to the state government, in 2012.
Indian Express reported that in total, Rao reversed four decisions taken by Verma, on Wednesday and Thursday, declaring them non-est (does not exist). “Consequently, all actions in pursuance thereof by all concerned are also declared hereby as null and void,” the reversal order noted.