Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha must be investigated by the government for his ‘inappropriate’ meetings with the accused in the coalgate and 2G scam cases for allegedly abusing the powers of his office, said the Supreme court said on Thursday.
The top cost faulted Ranjit Sinha for going out of the way to meet the accused in scam cases before filing chargesheets.
A bench comprising justices M.B. Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A.K. Sikri instructed the Central Vigilance Commission to guide the proposed enquiry against the former CBI chief.
The court was giving its ruling on a petition filed by activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s NGO Common Cause alleging that Sinha was meeting high-profile accused in both cases.
The NGO in its application submitted that the visitors’ diary at his home showed regular visits by those investigated in the telecom and coal allocation cases. Sinha has consistently rejected all allegations of wrongdoing.
Sinha retired from the CBI in December, shortly after the Supreme Court removed him from the investigation into the 2G spectrum case.