NEW DELHI: The CBI on Thursday opposed Supreme Court’s desire to monitor the probe into irregularities in coal block allocations.

Reacting to this, the apex court said CBI’s disinclination for a court-monitored probe is intriguing as this is not the first case nor will be the last case.

The CBI agreed to inform the status of probe intocoal scam through an affidavit.

SC said it wanted to see the status of probe through an interim report but if the CBI wants to put the status of probe in an affidavit, it is still better.

The apex court sought the affidavit from CBI by March 12.

The investigating agency assured the court that probe into coal block allocations will be completed within four months.

The apex court also questioned Centre’s power to allocate coal blocks, asking under what provisions minerals are allocated by the government.