The CBI said it stood by its closure report in the coal scam case against the industrialist and ex-coal secretary P C Parakh.
With that, it distanced itself from the Supreme Court appointed special public prosecutor R S Cheema in the issue.
The fresh development may spell trouble for the CBI because Cheema represents the investigating agency in the special court hearing the coal scam cases and his opinion counts as the lead prosecutor.
CBI had filed a closure report in the case related to allocation of Talabira II and III coal block in the designated court as evidence collected during the investigation did not make out a prosecutable case.
CBI will wait for further orders of the designated court in the matter.
The fresh developments may spell trouble for CBI as R S Cheema is representing the agency in the special court hearing the coal scam cases and his opinion counts as the lead prosecutor.
Cheema submitted in the court of special CBI judge Bharat Parashar that court can take cognizance of the closure report as there was evidence against the accused to show their involvement.
It is another example of differences between CBI and special public prosecutors appointed by the apex court in the sensitive cases.
Earlier, then special public prosecutor U U Lalit had strongly opposed CBI Director Ranjit Sinha's move to file separate affidavits in the probe against Reliance Telecom in the 2G scam.
Officials, when asked whether CBI endorses R S Cheema's statement in the special court, refused to comment.
The spokesperson's office, however, said that agency's closure report, which was filed in August this year, is its final stand