A panel headed by former CBI Special Director ML Sharma on Wednesday filed before the Supreme Court its report after probing of former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha.
Sinha had allegedly tried to scuttle the coal scam probe by shielding some of the accused and meeting people allegedly involved in investigations, as was seen from the visitors’ entry register of his house.
The register had been handed over to the special bench hearing the coal scam by lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Common Cause, after it was given to him by a whistleblower.
Handing over the probe to Sharma, the court had earlier termed the meetings as “wholly inappropriate”.
A bench headed by Justice M B Lokur declined to make the report public but handed over a copy to Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi for his perusal on condition of keeping it confidential. Justice Lokur said the bench wanted AG’s assistance after the panel sought the apex court’s direction for getting the documents related to preliminary enquiry. The panel is still continuing with its inquiry into the allegations that Sinha’s meetings with accused and others had led to the botching up of investigation in the Coalgate cases.
The bench said, “After the submissions are made on the report by Rohatgi, it will see whether the copy of the report of the panel can be given to other parties or not”.
“We have to first see the submissions. Then we will decide whether the report can be given to the parties or not”, the bench said.
The entry register had allegedly showed that Coal India official Mithilesh was meeting Sinha “thrice or four times a day” for the past 50 days.