There has been deafening silence at the CBI headquarters ever since it was alleged that its director Ranjit Sinha hosted and favoured some high-profile people being probed by the agency, at his official residence over the last 18 months.
The agency officials are waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the two crucial Supreme Court hearings slated to take place on September 15 and 19 when Sinha can defend himself from the allegations levelled against him.
A visitors’ register was produced before the court which allegedly shows Sinha met and hosted several of those being probed by the agency.
“The matter is sub-judice, therefore, I don’t want to say much. But there has been enough mudslinging on the basis of an unverified register that nobody is ready to own up. Whose writing is in the register? It’s being portrayed as if all charges against me are already proven. It’s a game that has been played against me. Please show me who I favoured even if I met some people,” said Sinha, who has only three months left in his tenure.
But in the CBI headquarters, tones are hushed as the officials discuss the allegations against Sinha and many feel that it will take the agency years to deal with the after effects of the allegations. There is also resentment brewing against Sinha, considering he has never been the most popular person in the agency.
“The picture is not very pretty here. Even if the director had to meet these people, he could have met them in his office, in the presence of other officials,” said a CBI official requesting anonymity.
Another official accepted that the CBI’s image has taken a further beating due to the damning nature of the allegations.
According to a senior official, who has worked in the CBI earlier, there is not much the government can do in terms of taking action against the CBI director as under the CVC act, that governs his appointment, there is no provision for his removal.
“A CBI director can be transferred, but Sinha is already retired official who is serving because of clause of fixed tenure of two years. The government can only keep a close watch on what now happens in the Supreme Court on the next hearings,” said the official who refused to be quoted.