‘Coalgate’ probe: SIT to examine bank accounts of visitors at ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha’s residence, SC told

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Published: January 15, 2018 4:13:33 PM

In its submissions before the apex court, the SIT informed the Supreme Court that visitors at Ranjit Sinha's house were more than what is mentioned in the diary and that a probe was underway into ascertaining the facts.

coal scam, coal block allocation, ranjit sinha, central bureau of investigationRanjit Sinha, who served as CBI director from 2012 to 2014, was accused of meeting some of the accused in the coal scam that included senior politicians and businessmen.

The Special Investigation Team set up to probe allegations against former CBI director Ranjit Sinha in the coal block allocation scam informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it will be examining the bank accounts of those who feature in the list of visitors to Sinha’s residence, news agency PTI reported today.

The submission of the SIT is part of the status report that the Supreme Court had sought from the SIT constituted by it on January 23. On December 5, the apex court had asked the agency to finalise some cases in relation to the scam, pending before it, by January 15, 2018.

In its submissions before the apex court, the SIT said that it had made substantial progress in its probe against ex-CBI chief Sinha. It further informed the SC that visitors at Sinha’s house were more than what is mentioned in the diary and that a probe was underway into ascertaining the facts. The SIT is trying to trace all vehicles that used to come regularly at Sinha’s official residence, the top court was informed.

In April last year, Sinha was booked by the CBI in a case of coal block allocation on charges that he tried to influence the probe into the scam as head of the agency. In its order of January 23, the Supreme Court had held that a prima facie case was “definitely” made out for probing allegations of abuse of authority by Sinha when he was the CBI Director.

On the same day, the top court had ordered the setting up of the SIT to probe the allegations of “abuse of authority” prima facie committed by Sinha to scuttle the probe in coal block allocation cases.

A 1974-batch Indian Police Service officer, Sinha, who served as the director of the CBI from 2012 to 2014, was accused of meeting some of the accused in the coal scam that included senior politicians and businessmen. It is said that all the meetings took place at Sinha’s official residence.

At the hearing today, the Supreme Court also came down hard on the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate for “slow” progress in the probe into the coal scam cases, PTI reported.

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