CBI chief's guest list: SC seeks help of SPP
No relief yet for CBI director Ranjit Sinha in the guest list controversy, the Supreme Court has sought the assistance of the Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G case. The SC has also agreed to hear lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan's plea on why he can't name the whistleblower who provided him the list.Updated: Sep 22, 2014 15:11 IST
The Supreme Court on Monday sought the assistance of Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G case to decide a plea filed against CBI director Ranjit Sinha in the visitors' list controversy.
The apex court directed that all the documents including the CBI's file notings and visitors' register of the director's residence be given to the SPP.
The view of the SPP has to be considered as any order by the court would have ramification in the 2G cases, the Supreme Court said.
The court also agreed to hear lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan's plea against the SC order that he name the whistleblower who provided him the guest list. Bhushan's NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), tendered an unconditional apology before the court for its inability to reveal the name of the whistleblower.
Last week, he had informed the court that he could not name the whistleblower, as this would endanger his life.The CBI chief however argued that the identity of the mole should be disclosed before the apex court. The court will hear the case further on October 10.
Providing no relief to Ranjit Sinha, the SC turned down his plea that the case filed against him should not be heard and be dismissed. Bhushan had alleged that the visitor's list at the CBI chief's residence showed that he frequently met the accused in the 2G and coal scam cases, and hence the probes were compromised.
The CBI chief told the court that there had not been any interference by the agency in any of the probes.
First Published: Sep 22, 2014 12:33 IST