Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to initiate action to remove CBI chief Ranjit Sinha for allegedly meeting people accused of corruption in high-profile cases such as the 2G spectrum and coal scam.
Bhushan alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation chief has been found to have acted in “concert” with the accused to influence or derail the investigation and prosecution of the cases.
“An abuse of the official position by any public servant to aid or abet an illegal act or to give undue favour to any third party amounts to grave misconduct and renders him liable for disciplinary action for the violation of Rule 3 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and also for criminal prosecution,” said Bhushan’s letter.
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Bhushan’s request to the PM comes at a time when Sinha is under fire from two NGOs — CPIL and Common Cause — for holding private meetings at his residence with those facing CBI probes.
CPIL is a petitioner before the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum case while Common Cause had petitioned the top court in the coal scam case. Both probes are court-monitored.
Bhushan has submitted a photocopy of the guest register maintained at Sinha’s 2, Janpath residence before a bench hearing the 2G case.
The court of Justice HL Dattu will consider CPIL’s plea to direct Sinha recuse himself from supervising the 2G probe on September 8.
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CPIL on Friday also filed an affidavit before the court saying it cannot disclose the identity of a whistleblower, who provided the NGO with the register’s photocopy. Such reliable sources of information must be protected in public interest.
The assertion came as Sinha’s counsel had September 4 insisted before the court to know the source of the register. CPIL reiterated the allegations against the CBI boss.
Common Cause too has filed an application asking Sinha to stop supervising the coal scam.