Coal case: Apex court orders handing over of ex-CBI chief’s visitors’ diary to panel

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 07, 2015

The Supreme Court today ordered handing over of original visitors’ diary of the official residence of ex-CBI director Ranjit Sinha to a court—appointed panel to probe whether his meetings with accused and others led to botching up of investigation in Coalgate cases.

The visitors’ log book, which was lying in sealed cover with another bench hearing 2G cases, be given to the panel headed by former Special Director of CBI ML Sharma who will have to share the contents only with the other probe team members and file a report in the court within 12 weeks, a three-judge bench headed by Justice MB Lokur said.

The Bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri, further said that the stipulated 12 weeks time, granted to the court-appointed panel, would begin from the day it receives the documents.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the former CBI Director, reiterated his stand that the alleged meetings alone cannot “per se” be termed objectionable as the real test would be whether those meetings led to according of favours to any named accused or other persons.

The Bench, meanwhile, did not pass any order on the plea seeking a direction to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) that the panel be given documents of those cases where the CVC did not favour prosecution.

“Let him (Sharma) make a request. We are not saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ at the moment. In any case, he cannot sit in judgement on the decisions of the CVC,” the court said.

Initially, it was said that the panel will have access of all requisite documents, Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Common Cause, said.

Published on December 07, 2015
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