New Delhi November 20, 2014
CBI Chief Mr. Ranjit Sinha has been removed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court from
the investigation into the 2G spectrum scandal. A series of alleged misdemeanors
incriminated Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI chief Ranjit Sinha, who was
on Thursday removed by the Supreme Court from the investigation into the 2G
spectrum scandal, one of the country's largest financial swindles.
Mr Sinha later told that , "The 2G case is in trial, so there are no files which
will come to me".
The report, which the court described as "credible" information, about the CBI
chief allegedly trying to subvert his own agency's investigation.
Mr Sinha allegedly inserted paragraphs favouring the accused in the CBI's
affidavit to the court. He allegedly insisted on filing that affidavit even when
the court was in vacation, to bypass investigating officers who were abroad;
these officers had said that the affidavit would weaken the case, but Mr Sinha
allegedly overruled all their objections
The affidavit would have "killed the case", Special Public Prosecutor Anand
Grover has told the court.
Reacting to Mr Grover's accusation, Mr Sinha said, "Anand Grover is free to say
what he pleases in court".
The report also has interesting details about Deputy Inspector General, Santosh
Rastogi, who hit the headlines on Wednesday after being accused of being a mole
by Mr Sinha's lawyer. The report reveals how Mr Rastogi opposed Mr Sinha's draft
affidavit by putting his objections in writing on file. The report goes on to
say how the Director allegedly berated him in writing and used language which
the court found objectionable.
Mr Sinha, however, told that "Santosh Rastogi is my colleague, I have nothing
Mr Rastogi had rescued himself from the case after placing his objections on
record and the report notes how he was transferred 48 hours later, although his
demand was pending for a long time.
Sources have also referenced the delayed investigations into the alleged role of
Dayanidhi Maran, who has been accused by the CBI of misusing his office as
Telecom Minister in 2006 to manipulate licences in exchange for kickbacks.
Mr Sinha, says the report, delayed the chargesheet against Mr Maran by a year
and kept asking for opinions even though there were no differences within. Anand
Grover, the special prosecutor, notes how opinions are only sought when there is
a difference of opinion.
The CBI chief had said that the evidence against Dayanidhi Maran was
insufficient, disagreeing with his own Director of Prosecution.
The Supreme Court's unprecedented move was based on allegations by
lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan that some telecom executives, accused in the 2G
case, regularly met with the CBI chief at his home. As evidence, Mr Bhushan
submitted in September a diary of visitors to the CBI chief's home in Delhi.
Mr Sinha has claimed that he met with people who wanted to explain their defence
at his residence because it includes an office.