New Delhi/Agencies: The Supreme Court on Thursday removed CBI Director Ranjit Sinha from 2G case investigation.
CBI’s senior most officer will now oversee 2G probe after removal of Sinha from the case.
“We direct Ranjit Sinha not to interfere in the 2G probe,” the apex court said, adding that his subordinate could take over the investigation into alleged illegal allocations of second-generation airwaves for mobile connectivity by the previous UPA government.
“We are not giving detailed, elaborate orders to protect the fair name of the institution and reputation of the CBI,” the Supreme Court said in its observations on India’s premier investigating agency. Sinha is to retire from his post on December 2 this year.
The apex court verdict is based on a petition filed by senior lawyer and Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan that alleges that Sinha tried to help those being investigated for serious criminal charges in the 2G scam. The apex court observed that apparently “all is not well” within the CBI and seemingly, the allegations made by an NGO against Director Ranjit Sinha have “some credibility”.
“For us, it appears that all is not well and prima facie it seemss that allegations made in the application by the NGO has some credibility,” the apex court said while hearing the case related to allegations by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation that Sinha might have tried to save some accused in 2G spectrum scam.
Meanwhile, the apex court pulled up joint director Ashok Tiwari after he put forward his view on allegations against Sinha.
“You are not agents of CBI director. You can’t be his mouth piece,” SC said.