New Delhi: The Supreme Court has allowed the central bureau of Investigation to remove former Chief Investigating Officer Vivek Dutt from its probe team in the coal scam. This came after the CBI filed a chargesheet on Tuesday which named Dutt, who is currently in judicial custody in a corruption case.

Dutt was caught taking a bribe of Rs 15 lakh on May 17. A CBI team nabbed him in an operation that was personally supervised by the agency’s director Ranjit Sinha.

The CBI had said that a businessman, Dinesh Gupta, had a land dispute and a cheating case was registered against him at Amar Colony police station in New Delhi and Dutt used to pressurise the Delhi Police officials, who were investigating the cheating case, to quash the FIR and for this he had demanded Rs 15 lakh from Gupta.

Dutt had, however, claimed innocence and alleged a conspiracy has been hatched to keep him out of the Supreme Court-monitored coalgate probe team.