Published On: Wed, Sep 30th, 2015

SC appointed team seeks visitors record of Ranjit Sinha’s official residence

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed probe team led by ex-top cop M L Sharma on Wednesday sought complete information about persons who had visited official residence of former CBI director Ranjit Sinha, who is accused of meeting coal scam accused during his tenure, within three months.

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha, who is accused of meeting coal scam accused during his tenure.

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha, who is accused of meeting coal scam accused during his tenure.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, which has been hearing matters related to coal blocks allocation scam, said “we realise that this document is important.”

The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, referred the plea of the special probe team to another bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu on the ground that the visitors diary, submitted by advocate Prashant Bhushan, has been kept in a sealed cover in pursuance of the order of that court.

The bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) has been monitoring cases relating to the 2G scam and had earlier ordered that the visitors diary, given by Bhushan on behalf of NGO Common Cause, be kept in a sealed cover.

Now the plea filed by the special probe team would be heard by the CJI’s bench on Monday.

The diary allegedly contains names of persons, including those who are facing court cases in the 2G and coalgate scams, who had visited official residence of Ranjit Sinha during his tenure as the CBI Director.

Allegations were raised at Sinha, who is accused of meeting several 2G and coal scam accused during his tenure as the head of the probing panel.

The diary, which was maintained by Sinha’s security exposed the meetings of a number of coal scam accused and their intermediaries with Sinha on a number of occasions.

The next hearing in the coal scam proceedings will be held on November 16.

PTI

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