Supreme Court asks CBI to probe allegations against ex Director Ranjit Sinha

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CBI former Director Ranjit Sinha
CBI former Director Ranjit Sinha

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday directed CBI Director Alok Verma to probe the allegations of prima facie abuse of authority by the agency's former Director Ranjit Sinha.

Sinha had met the accused in the 2G and coal scam cases which were being investigated by the probe agency when he was heading it.

Reposing faith in the existing set-up of the CBI, a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice A.K. Sikri, declined a plea by NGO Common Cause seeking probe by an outside agency.

Pronouncing the order, Justice Lokur said that since the new CBI Director was not conversant with the legal aspects of the case, he would be assisted by Senior Counsel R.S. Cherma, who is also the Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G scam cases.

The court said CBI Director Verma would have the assistance of two officers of the agency in carrying out the probe against Sinha.

The court order came following a report by the CBI's former Special Director M.L. Sharma, who had examined all the papers, including visitors' entry register that was maintained at the official residence of Ranjit Sinha when he was heading the agency.