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Ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha needs to be investigated on alleged abuse of power for protecting the accused: Supreme Court

Supreme Court told that probe against CBI chief Ranjit Sinha is very much needed as he had protected the accused in coal scam. Madan B Lokur who had headed the bench, told that Sinha had met many of the top level accused many times when case was going on against them, which was inappropriate and it should be investigated. Court also took the assistance of CVC regarding how to decide the investigation against Ranjit Sinha who was former CBI Chief and asked CVC to file a response within 6 July 2015.

Ranjit Sinha had pleaded to Supreme Court where he sought prosecution of Prashant Bhushan lawyer, for perjury which the bench dismissed. The plea against Sinha was filed by Bhushan on behalf of an NGO for allegedly abusing his power that he made in coal block allocation scam matter. The plea that was put before the Supreme Court by an NGO Common Cause where they alleged that Sinha had met the high profile accuses at his residence could be found through his residence’s visitors register, was a valid proof of it and in the plea they had asked the court to check the SIT investigations and to look into if any consideration was exchanged between them.  Court had reserved the judgment on April 13 where Sinha had told that someone else was controlling Mr Bhushan to interfere in this matter. The application which was submitted by NGO had requested that because the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Delhi Police had not lodged FIR regarding this, the court should keep an eye on the matter regarding how Sinha had misused his authority. Sinha in his reply said that he did not agree with the NGO’s claim that he misused the authority and forced the investigating officers not to register FIRs in this matter and nor did he force them to close the matter. NGO and Bhushan who have been accused of perjury said that Sinha did influence the officers who were working under him and forced to close the matter and also recommended to convert this into a regular matter. Court earlier had also asked the NGO to provide the name of the whistleblower who had given the documents and the Sinha’s residence visitor’s registry.

by Sushma Javare.