Prashant Bhushan corners Sinha again

Prashant Bhushan  corners Sinha again

After cornering CBI Director Ranjit Sinha in the Supreme Court, Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Delhi government seeking investigation into abuse of office and criminal conduct by the officer.

Bhushan’s complaint before the ACB comes after his success in getting an order from the Supreme Court for recusal of Sinha from the 2G spectrum probe. His petition regarding Sinha’s recusal in coal scam is pending in the apex court.

In his complaint, the lawyer alleged that Sinha had compromised investigations into several high profile cases like 2G and coal scams. “Now the evidence has surfaced, that Sinha deliberately tried to save certain influential persons from prosecution in the 2G scam, coal scam etc by abusing his position as the CBI director,” the petition said.

“Sinha has committed various offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to criminal misconduct by a public servant, as well as under Section 217 and 218 of the IPC.

The offences of bribery can also be established by a thorough investigation,” it said.
The 14-page petition provides details of allegations against Sinha, which were earlier raised in the Supreme Court while seeking his recusal from supervising coal scam and 2G cases.

Bhushan alleged that Sinha was abusing his authority to save certain persons from prosecution.

Referring to a leaked visitors’ diary of the CBI chief, the petition said, “He was having meetings, several of them late at night, at his residence, without any of the investigation officers being present, with several accused persons in prominent cases like 2G scam, coal scam, and with (alleged) hawala operators like Moin Qureshi,” the petition alleged.

“By one count, meat exporter Qureshi met the CBI Director at his residence about 90 times in the last 15 months. All these meetings are reflected in the entry register of the CBI Director’s residence. Moin Qureshi is under the income tax investigation for hawala dealings,” it said.

The Supreme Court had said that there is “prima facie credible evidence” against Sinha for interfering in cases against the interest of CBI.

The petition also mentioned about the delay in filing a chargesheet against Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanidhi Maran in Aircel-Maxis case, coal scam investigations and dealing with Qureshi, who was under the scanner of the Income Tax Department.
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