SPP to SC: CBI chiefs meetings with 2G accused improper

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 17 2014, 06:58am hrs
In a major setback to CBI director Ranjit Sinha, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the 2G case has asked the Supreme Court to recall its order asking for the identity of the whistleblower against Sinha, saying it may result in miscarriage of justice and any such disclosure may endanger the whistleblower's life.

Stating that the identity of the whistleblower is inconsequential at this stage, SPP Anand Grover in his 15-page note told the court that it may have a chilling effect on this case by obstructing the potential flow of information and it may have implications on other such sensitive cases which depend significantly on information provided by whistleblowers. He added that the whistleblower highlighted wrongdoing in the CBI department which should be looked into.

Even in the circumstances that contempt proceedings are initiated against Sinha's frequent and definitely improper meetings with several accused and their representatives in the case, it appears it will not be necessary that the name of the whistleblower be disclosed in the light of the director himself acknowledging the meetings in press interviews, he said.

The senior advocate, who was appointed SPP by the SC, said the people have a right to know the top cop's conduct as it does not pertain to his personal affairs and no law protects the confidentiality of information in the guestlist register which should be examined by the apex court. Given that the CBI director had his camp office located at his residence, the information contained in the register does not pertain to his personal affairs and rather appears to be a record of his professional meetings conducted in his official capacity".

The Supreme Court had on September 15 asked activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who has levelled allegations against Sinha of protecting 2G scam accused, to disclose the identity of the whistleblower before it took a call on proceedings regarding the visitors logbook at the top cop's residence.