The panel found that the coal scam accused had visited the CBI chief.
Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha, who is accused of scuttling of the coal block allocation scam probe during his tenure, received a setback today.
The Supreme Court appointed probe committee to look into the case has indicated that prima facie there are evidence against Sinha that he tried to influence the coal block allocation scam probe.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the the panel headed by former CBI special director M L Sharma
found that the visitors’ diary at Sinha’s residence was genuine. However, its correctness could be judged only in a court of law.
The petitioner said that SC-appointed committee has provided more than adequate material for prosecution. Hence it is important to to probe if Sinha got any kickbacks.
Sinha was quoted as saying by ANI: “I have not seen the judgement yet so can’t comment.”
I have not seen the judgement yet so can’t comment: Ex-CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to ANI
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The panel found that the coal scam accused had visited the CBI chief. It also found that Sinha tampered with the proceedings of the coal scam probe and his decisions were influenced by meeting with the accused.
Appearing for Sinha, senior advocate Vikas Singh, however, refuted the allegation saying the entries in the register or the diary were dubious or fictitious as the former CBI director was not in the national capital on many of those days.
The SC bench headed by Justice M B Lokur reserved the order to decide on what action to be taken against Sinha in view of the panel’s finding.
Earlier, the court had received an initial report of the Sharma panel and given it to the Attorney General for his perusal on condition of maintaining its confidentiality.
The copy of the report was given to the AG as the bench wanted his assistance after the Sharma panel had sought apex court’s direction for supply of documents relating to preliminary enquiry into some of the matters in which the
probe was closed.
On December 7 last year, apex the court had ordered handing over of the original visitors’ diary of the official residence of the former CBI director to the Sharma-led panel.
The bench then appointed a panel headed by Sharma who later sought the visitors’ diary for proceeding with the probe.
Allegations of conflict of interest have been raised against Sinha, who is accused of meeting several 2G and coal scam accused during his tenure as the head of the probing panel.
The registry diary, which was maintained by Sinha’s security, was accessed by Prashant Bhushan. The diary exposed the meetings of a number of coal scam accused and their intermediaries with Sinha on a number of occasions.
(With PTI/ANI inputs)