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Manmohan moves SC over summons

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, March 25 � Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today moved the Supreme Court against a special court order summoning him as accused in the case of allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 to Aditya Birla Group company Hindalco, reports PTI.

Hindalco chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary PC Parakh, who were also summoned as accused in the case, have also filed petitions challenging the trial court order.

Singh has sought quashing of the summons issued to him to appear as an accused on April 8 by Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar on the ground that the order was passed without application of mind.

�There is complete non-application of mind,� the petition said about the March 11 order. A team of senior advocates led by Kapil Sibal, has settled Singh�s petition, which is likely to be mentioned for urgent hearing in a day or two.

One of the advocates associated with the filing of the Special Leave Petition, said there are several other grounds to show that the summoning order was �bad in law�. The plea also said that there was nothing on record to point out that Singh had done any acts which might constitute any offence.

The former Prime Minister had only taken a decision as a competent authority on allocation of Talabira-II coal block to Hindalco on the representation of the Odisha government, it said.

The advocate said there might be a fault in decision making but there was no evidence to show that there was an abuse of power and moreover, taking a decision in government was not an offence.

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Manmohan moves SC over summons

NEW DELHI, March 25 � Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today moved the Supreme Court against a special court order summoning him as accused in the case of allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 to Aditya Birla Group company Hindalco, reports PTI.

Hindalco chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary PC Parakh, who were also summoned as accused in the case, have also filed petitions challenging the trial court order.

Singh has sought quashing of the summons issued to him to appear as an accused on April 8 by Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar on the ground that the order was passed without application of mind.

�There is complete non-application of mind,� the petition said about the March 11 order. A team of senior advocates led by Kapil Sibal, has settled Singh�s petition, which is likely to be mentioned for urgent hearing in a day or two.

One of the advocates associated with the filing of the Special Leave Petition, said there are several other grounds to show that the summoning order was �bad in law�. The plea also said that there was nothing on record to point out that Singh had done any acts which might constitute any offence.

The former Prime Minister had only taken a decision as a competent authority on allocation of Talabira-II coal block to Hindalco on the representation of the Odisha government, it said.

The advocate said there might be a fault in decision making but there was no evidence to show that there was an abuse of power and moreover, taking a decision in government was not an offence.