Virtually giving a clean chit to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha, the Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that there was nothing directly against him in the income tax department’s probe report against controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
The income tax department’s probe report did not disclose anything incriminating against him, though “it refers to some innuendoes here and there relating to the CBI...,” attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told a bench headed by Chief Justice of India HL Dattu.
Rohatgi made the submission in response to the court’s order to the government to place the report prepared by the income tax department on Moin Quereshi.
The court had passed the order on an application by NGO Common Cause through advocate Prashant Bhushan accusing Sinha of meeting Qureshi 90 times and that the appraisal report referred to their dealings.
Rohatgi submitted to the court four volumes of documents containing the purported conversations that disclosed murky details of the alleged hawala operators with the bigwigs.
Rohatgi requested the court to go through the third volume as it contained material on alleged links of Qureshi with several other “dignitaries” in the country.
The court burst into laughter after Rohatgi said: “There are some coded languages and expressions used. I only gave you a trailer. Your Lordships must see the movie.”
Rohatgi informed the court that the government will soon take a call on whether to order an investigation into the findings of the income tax department’s probe.
The attorney general informed the court about an “astonishing” disclosure of alleged hawala operator Qureshi’s secret conversations/dealings with several high ranking dignitaries including a then CBI director.
He, however, did not disclose any names.
“It discloses an astonishing state of affairs as far as Mr Qureshi and the former director of CBI is concerned. The conduct of the former CBI director is wholly unbecoming of a CBI officer. He is presently a member of the UPSC,” Rohatgi said.