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SC Court Warns It Could Cancel CBI chief’s Decisions

As Pressure Builds on CBI Chief,
All India | Reported by A Vaidyanathan, Edited by Prasad Sanyal | Updated: September 08, 2014 12:22 IST
As Pressure Builds on CBI Chief, Court Warns It Could Cancel His Decisions
File photo: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today said it could cancel all decisions taken by the CBI chief in the agency’s investigation into the telecom scandal, if it is proven that he tried to prevent a fair inquiry.

The charges against CBI director Ranjit Sinha have been levelled by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, who is also a senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP.

In support of his claim, Mr Bhushan today submitted to judges what he described as the original record of visitors to Mr Sinha’s Delhi home in recent months. Mr Bhushan had furnished a photocopy of the visitors’ diary in the top court last week; he says the original was delivered to his house last night by unidentified people who said they were worried the record would be destroyed.

Entries in the diary that has been given to judges show Mr Sinha received house calls from an array of people being investigated by the CBI on serious criminal charges in the telecom and coal scams, described by the state auditor as among the most voluptuous in the country’s history. Both are pivoted on crony capitalism deciding the allocation of coal and mobile network licenses in the absence of an auction.

Mr Bhushan says the visits were inappropriate and signal that Mr Sinha was intent on trying to protect the accused who met him. The CBI director says those charges are baseless and that the scrutiny of the visitors’ diary amounts to an invasion of his privacy, an argument dismissed by the Supreme Court last week.

Mr Bhushan has said the top court should remove Mr Sinha from the coal investigation altogether; separately, he has written to the Prime Minister demanding that the CBI chief be sacked.

The Supreme Court will next hear the case on Monday, September 15.

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