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Coalgate inquest: Supreme Court says, investigating officers can’t be repatriate

The Supreme Court sent a strong message to the CBI in its recent order that none of the senior IPS officials involved in the investigation of coal block allocation scam will be allowed to be restored to their home cadres without completing the task.

The bench headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha that the concerned officers will be able to return to their home cadres only after getting a nod from the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the investigation into the scam.

This order was passed keeping in mind the request of one of the three DIGs, V Murgesan, who is supervising the investigation in the scam, to repatriate to his home cadre as his tenure of deputation with the agency is coming to an end.

“You (Murgesan) have not completed the required task. You have applied for repatriation. You have written about your repatriation. How can it be? First this task has to be completed. All three of you had assured that the investigation will be complete by 2013.”

“Now try to complete it. Surely you will not be repatriated until you complete the task. When your tenure was ending you should have come to this court and not have applied directly to the department,” the bench, also comprising justices M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, observed while making it clear that the investigation has to be completed within three months.

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