PMO gets CBI Press note first, media later

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    Thursday, 18 April 2013 | J Gopikrishnan | New Delhi

    Notwithstanding its claims of functioning independently, the CBI apparently doesn't dare to issue even a Press release to the media on its own without keeping the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) informed.

    An email of a draft Press release sent by the agency to the PMO a full 12 hours before issuing it to the Press on Tuesday bears testimony to this fact.

    Following reports about Law Minister Ashwani Kumar having vetted the CBI's probe status report on Coalgate before it was submitted to the Supreme Court, the agency had issued the release to claim that it was under no pressure from the Government.

    The release was mailed on April 15 (Monday) to K Muthu Kumar, officer on special duty (OSD) to the Prime Minister; Sharat Chander, director (media & communication) of PMO and Neelam Kapur, the chief Government spokesperson and head of Press Information Bureau.

    The copy of the email communication, available with The Pioneer, shows that CBI's Press information section on April 15 at 11.51 pm sent the Press release to PMO officials and PIB officials. The release was issued the next day, April 16 (Tuesday).

    The Press release said: "Reports have been and are being, published/telecast in a section of the media, speculating about the nature and content of an affidavit to be filed by the CBI before the Hon'ble Supreme Court, in connection with the Coal allocation probe.

    "It is reiterated that CBI is yet to file the said affidavit. The CBI will strictly abide by the directions of the Supreme Court, and is not under any pressure from any quarter."

    When contacted, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said, "We sent the release through [email protected] since the NIC server was not working. PIB PMO picked it up and further passed it on. All our Press releases are routinely sent to PIB."

    On a question if the release was vetted by the PMO before being released to the Media, she said, "The question of the Press release being vetted by PMO does not arise".

    When asked to respond on this matter, a PMO official said, "This is a routine matter." However, he did not elaborate on why PMO officials have to see even the press release of the CBI before its release to the media.

    PMO gets CBI Press note first, media later

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