SC rejects CBI chief Ranjit Sinha's plea to gag media

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 4 2014, 18:32pm hrs
CBI-Ranjit SinhaSupreme Court has directed that documents related to entry list of CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha's residence be filed along with affidavit.
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected CBI director Ranjit Sinha's plea to gag media from reporting on the contentious visitors' logbook at his Delhi residence even as Sinha claimed it was invasion of his privacy.

Sinha told a bench led by Justice H L Dattu that media should be restrained since reports on who had been meeting in private was damaging his reputation but he court shot back that the media was responsible enough to understand its role.

The bench adjourned the matter for Monday while asking applicant's counsel Prashant Bhushan to file an affidavit into the issue along with the logbook and all other documents that he wished to put on record.

Sinha's counsel Vikas Singh had objected to the application by 2G petitioner NGO CPIL, saying they must also disclose the source of information and also vouch for its authenticity before seeking actions against Sinha.

The bench said that Bhushan, CPIL' s counsel shall file the application in accordance with the SC Rules.

Media reports on Sinha's logbook had suggested that he had been meeting accused in 2G spectrum allocation scam as well as in coal scam.

Subsequently Bhushan sought actions against Sinha and moved an application before the court.