Amid the court hearing pertaining to the Urtan captive coal block case, which was earlier allocated to Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL), the prosecutor of Central Bureau of Investigation happened to make arguments contrary to the evidence in their own charge sheet, bringing major embarrassment to the investigative agency.
On Monday, while arguing over charge framing, CBI Prosecutor VK Sharma claimed that JSPL had filed three applications and was bound to submit three drafts of Rs. 10,000 each with each application amounting to Rs. 30,000. The prosecutor further alleged that JSPL had submitted only one demand draft of Rs. 10,000- thereby causing loss of Rs. 20,000- to the national exchequer and cheated the government.
The matter, which was in a pre-trial stage, turned into a cause of laughter following the allegations made by prosecutor Sharma.
However, Defence Counsel Dr P Hariharan alleged that the CBI Prosecutor was “misleading the court”. Dr Hariharan pulled out an annexure from the evidence from the CBI charge sheet which demolished the earlier allegation made by the prosecutor VK Sharma.
The annexure Hariharan showed to the court that the CBI charge sheet clearly highlighted along with Demand Draft numbers that JSPL had deposited three different Demand Drafts of Rs 10,000 each drawn at the State Bank of India (SBI) along with the three different applications.
The further hearing is to be followed soon, though the dates have not been decided yet. The court is expected to clarify whether this was an attempt by CBI to mislead the court or did prosecutor actually made the embarrassing yet costly mistake.