India’s Supreme Court on India asked CBI director Ranji Sinha to explain his position on the visitors to his house. The apex court took serious note of allegaitons that the CBI chief had been meeting with representatives of companies named in the 2G and coal allotment cases.
The court has asked Sinha to file his reply in the form of an application within a week.
Noting that the ‘averments made against the CBI director are serious’, the Supreme Court said that Sinha could not refuse to file an affidavit. “Whatever you want to tell us, tell us in black and white,” the Court said.
Sinha has reportedly agreed to file an affidavit in a sealed envelope.
The CBI head has been facing allegations of favouritism after a newspaper revealed that he had been meeting persons linked to companies named in the 2G spectrum allocation and coal block allotment cases. The visitors’ diary, or diaries, are believed to be filled with controversial names, including those of industrialists, company executives and politicians. Some of these persons met with the head of India’s premier investigative agency more than 100 times over a 15-month period, the diaries show.
However, the provenance of these logs has not yet been established, and Sinha has claimed that they are doctored and are being used to vilify him. He also claimed that only two sets of records of his visitors are made and that he does not know who made this third diary/diaries.
At the same time, he has been defiant, going so far as to say “You have to öften catch a thief through a thief”, suggesting that these persons have been giving him information on the cases.
The fact that Sinha, who’s heading the probe on both 2G and coal case that shook the nation, met these people at his residential complex (even if it is at the home office), at times late in the night perhaps without any written record of the interactions, is a clear indicator of things gone amiss, according to a civil servant.
(WIth inputs from agencies)