New Delhi, January 24
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the CBI to probe the agency’s former director Rajnit Singh over charges of meeting some high-profile accused in the coal scam. The apex court ordered the investigation to be done under the current CBI director supervision.
For overlooking the investigation into the coal scam, the SC under Justice MB Lokur further allowed CBI Director to “take the assistance of two officers of the CBI nominated by the director with due intimation to this court.” The bench comprises of Justices Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri.
The Supreme Court felt that a probe is compulsory since there are chances to register a case against Ranjit Sinha as per former CBI special director ML Sharma’s report.
Further the CBI director was ordered to inform the apex court about the members in the special investigation team (SIT) and the time needed to complete the enquiry.
“We have considered the issue whether an outside body of investigators should be appointed as the SIT. However, we hope that with the change of guard in CBI, the agency would probe fairly and impartially against its ex-director,” the Bench said.
The Supreme Court kept its verdict on this case on reserve. Noted advocate Prasanth Bhushan presented the visitors’ dairy of former CBI director Ranjit Sinha, which revealed that Ranjit Singh met a few persons, facing allegations of coal scam, for at least 50 to 60 times at his residence.
This will be the first instance where a CBI director will conduct investigation against a former chief of the agency.