The coal scam case gets murkier by the day. Mr Uday U Lalit, the senior advocate who took over from former additional solicitor general Harin Raval in the coal scam, has now recused himself from representing the Central Bureau of Investigation in the matter.

Sources said that Mr Lalit has shown his inability to participate in the highly sensitive proceedings since he has represented mining companies owned by Congress MP Mr Naveen Jindal, who is an accused in the coal scam now.

Top level sources said the developments are a cause for worry, one senior government official saying it was unethical.

Sources said that case files related to the case have been shared with Lalit.

Highly placed sources said that Additional Solicitor General Mr Sidharth Luthra will appear for in the Supreme Court now, as the third senior lawyer to represent the agency in the coal scam.

The apex court has been monitoring the investigation in the coal scam. The next date for hearing is July 10th. CBI Director Mr Ranjit Sinha confirmed the development. He had earlier represented Jindal so he did not want to continue.

Mr Jindal is in the CBI’s cross hairs after being named in an FIR as an accused for misrepresenting facts to bag coal blocks. It is also alleged by the CBI that former minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao helped him get the coal blocks.

The report made efforts to speak to Mr Lalit but he was not available for comment. Mr Lalit was appointed in April 2013 earlier. Soon after his appointment as counsel for CBI in the coal scam, eyebrows were raised as he had earlier represented Mr Jindal. The Congress MP was not an accused then, but a stakeholder, since coal blocks were allocated to his companies.

Courtesy: Daily Mail

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