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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

‘Explosive material’ in CBI chief's guest register: NGO

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 02, 2014
First Published: 21:37 IST(2/9/2014) | Last Updated: 21:44 IST(2/9/2014)

A Delhi-based NGO on Tuesday levelled fresh allegations in the Supreme Court against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Ranjit Sinha in the 2G spectrum allocation case, saying that top executives of a company under investigation had met him many times in the past 15 months when the agency continued to probe the scam.

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.


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