A special court in Delhi on Friday came down heavily on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for failing to impound the passport of Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, who on Wednesday was charge-sheeted by the probe agency along with 14 others in a coal block allocation scam case. The court noted that the probe agency must adopt a ‘uniform policy’ while seizing passports of accused persons and must not have a ‘selective approach’ while doing so.
The court also directed the CBI director to ensure that a uniform policy is laid down for seizure of passports of accused during the probe not only in the case of coal block allocation but also in general. “It is clear that while a uniform policy which appears to have been adopted by CBI is that passports of all accused are seized by them whenever a case is registered, but in the present case a different policy was adopted for the reasons best known to them,” special CBI judge Bharat Parashar observed.
During the hearing, the agency said that out of total number of accused persons charge-sheeted in the case, passports of two — Rajeev Jain and Suresh Singhal —were seized.
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