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SC allows Ranjit Sinha to raise objections

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The Supreme Court today asked the former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to raise objections to the demand for a copy of the original visitor’s diary which was sought by the former Special Director of the investigating agency, M L Sharma, to inquire into the allegation against him for scuttling the coalgate probe before being in connivance with the accused persons in the scam. Sinha’s senior lawyer Vikas Singh told the division bench, comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) H L Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy, that the original diary was taken into the safe custody of the apex court in connection with the 2G spectrum scam case.

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Singh further told the division bench that the objection would be raised before another bench which is hearing the coal block allocation scam matters. Singh had approached the divsion bench headed by the CJI due to the fact that the visitors’ diary, submitted by advocate Prashant Bhushan, has been kept in a sealed cover in pursuance of the order of CJI bench. Taking note of the submissions, the CJI said Sinha’s counsel can raise the objection before another bench on the issue. “You can say that the diary was for the 2G case and not for the coal scam cases,” the bench said while posting the matter for Thursday. The SC, had not fixed any date for hearing in the matter, but it was expected that the date would come soon.

It is alleged by Bhushan that the diary contains names of persons, including those who are facing court cases in the 2G and coalgate scams, who had visited official residence of Sinha during his tenure as the CBI Director. Sharma, being the former officer in the premier investigating agency, was appointed by the apex court on September 14 to assist the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its probe against Sinha, accused of scuttling probe in the coal block scam as the agency’s chief. The SC is hearing matters related to coal blocks allocation scam cases.

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