SC affirms for CBI director’s House log book

SansadTV Bureau

ranjit_sinhaThe Supreme Court said on Thursday that it cannot take cognisance of documents pertaining to entry list of visitors at CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s residence till they are placed on record and asked advocate Prashant Bhushan to file an affidavit annexing the materials.

At the outset of the proceedings, a bench headed by Justice H L Dattu, said, it had gone through the documents and it is desirable that they be placed on affidavit.

“We have gone through the documents. We cannot take cognisance of this until it is placed on record,” the bench said, asking advocate Bhushan to file an affidavit.

The bench agreed to give an urgent hearing on the issue and decided to assemble at 10 AM, half an hour before the normal court time, on Monday.

SC dismisses plea of CBI Director

The bench also turned down the plea of the CBI Director to restrain media from broadcasting and publishing news stories on the basis of documents.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, raised questions regarding the veracity and source of the documents.

He submitted that his right to privacy and reputation was involved in the case and pleaded the court to restrain media.

However, the Supreme Court refused to do so and a bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said that the issue arising out of visitors’ log book at the Director’s residence is very “sensitive” and hoped that media would act with some responsibility.

“We have no control over it (press),” the bench said.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, counsel for an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, has alleged that several accused and officials of accused companies in the 2G scam and other cases have been frequent visitors at Sinha’s residence.

He had also alleged that Sinha was trying to protect some accused and sought his removal from the post.

Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Sinha, raised questions on the veracity and source of the documents and refuted all the allegations made against him, saying all such statements are “patently false”.

At the beginning of the proceedings, the bench said that it cannot take cognisance of the controversial documents till they are put on record and asked Bhushan, who placed the details of the log book in a sealed envelope, to file an affidavit annexing the materials.

The CBI Director is at the centre of a controversy after an NGO had told the Supreme Court that entry register of his residence portrays a “very disturbing” and “explosive material” coming in the way of administration of justice in 2G spectrum allocation scam.

It referred to news reports which claimed that top executives of a company indicted in 2G scam met CBI Director at his residence in the last 15 months.