CBI Files Corruption Case Against Its Ex-Director Ranjit Sinha

Cheryl Sanders
April 25, 2017

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a case against its former director Ranjit Sinha under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

CBI officials said the FIR was registered under sections 13 (1) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The apex court then set up a Special Investigation Team led by the CBI Director to study the report and probe into the relevant documents to ascertain whether Sinha abused his authority prima facie to scuttle enquiries, investigations and prosecutions.

The filing of the FIR by the CBI against Sinha comes three months after the Supreme Court asked the agency to probe Ranjit Sinha's role. A P Singh, also former director CBI, was earlier booked by the agency on corruption charges along with meat exporter Moin Qureshi. The lawyer-cum-activist had accessed the diary of Sinha's official residence, which showed multiple visits of several key accused in the coal scam.

CBI has filed a corruption case against Sinha for allegedly influencing the investigation into suspected irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.

A three-member SC bench, headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, had in January stated that it was "prima facie satisfied and convinced" that Sinha had abused his position and authority as CBI director.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan had sought a probe against Sinha.

The CBI has registered 54 FIRs in the coal scam against various persons. Sinha, who served as the director of the CBI from 2012 to 2014 was accused of meeting some of the accused in the coal scam that included senior politicians and businessmen.

Qureshi, who is under Income Tax scanner, visited Sinha some 90 times, according to the entries in the diary, whose authenticity was contested by Sinha.

The apex court-appointed panel was probing the alleged scuttling of probe into coal block allocation scam cases by Mr. Sinha, whose meetings with the accused persons were held as "completely inappropriate".

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