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Supreme Court grants relief to Manmohan Singh: Ex-PM will not appear in trial court as a coal scam accused
Former prime minister in UPA's regime Manmoham Singh has got relief from appearing as an accused in a special CBI court in connection to coal scam. The relief came to Manmohan Singh from the Supreme Court today which stayed the summons.

Manmohan Singh had moved to the Supreme Court on Match 25 seeking relief. The apex court while hearing the petition also stayed the trial court proceedings in the case.

A special CBI court which is looking after the coal block allocation scam had summoned Manmohan Singh as an accused and had asked him to appear before the court on 8 April.

Along with the former Prime Minister, the former coal secretary PC Parakh has also been summoned by the special CBI court as accused. The charges against Dr. Singh includes corruption, criminal conspiracy and breach of trust by a public servant.

After being served summon as an accused Manmohan Singh had said that he was feeling upset. "I am upset, but this is a part of life. I am sure that the truth will prevail and I will get a chance to put forward my case with facts," the ex-PM had said.

Former PM Singh was questioned by CBI on January 20, 2015 about a coal field in Talabira block that was allotted in 2005 to Hindalco. It was alleged that Kumar Mangalam Birla had written two letters to Dr. Singh dated 7 May 2005 and 17 June 2005, requesting him for allocation of Talabira-II coal block to Hindalco (Hindalco is a part of Aditya Birla Gorup).

Coal allocation scam was a major political scandal around allocation of nation's coal deposit. The Supreme Court has scrapped nearly 214 coal blocks allocated by the previous government over the past two decades.

After summons to their former PM, the entire Congress party in the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi had marched to the residence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express their solidarity with him.

The rally started from the headquarters of All India Congress Committee and finished at Manmohan Singh's residence.

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