Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing on behalf of the Centre for Public Interest and Litigation (CPIL) — the NGO on whose PIL the Supreme Court had ordered a court-monitored probe into the scam — said the guest register at Sinha’s residence revealed “very disturbing” and “explosive material”. The NGO has alleged that Sinha tried to derail the investigation.
The multi-crore spectrum scam rocked the nation in 2011 when it was revealed that certain ministers of the former UPA government had favoured some telecommunication companies and handed them out-of-turn spectrum licences.
A three-judge bench hearing the case, however, asked Bhushan not to make the names of the visitors public and to submit a sealed cover report, fixing September 4 as the next date of hearing.
Sinha’s lawyer Vikas Singh objected to the allegations, while the agency gave a statement rubbishing them.
“The said report is false, baseless and malicious; and intended solely to destroy the credibility of the CBI as an institution and tarnishing the reputation of its director,” said the CBI spokesperson. “It appears to be a part of a concerted design to malign India’s premier investigating agency.”
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for DMK leader M Kanimozhi, an accused in the case, said Bhushan had levelled charges against someone who was performing his duty well.