New Delhi: Striking a blow to the ex CBI director, Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that the fact that he met the accused in the coal scam case in the absence of investigating officers was not justified or inappropriate. A bench of justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A.K. Sikri has asked the Central Vigilance Commission to assist the court to ascertain whether his meetings with the accused has had some bearing on the investigations.
The post of the central vigilance commissioner has been lying vacant since September last year. The apex court on Wednesday allowed the government to proceed with this appointment.Non-government organisation (NGO) Common Cause, one of the petitioners in the coal scam cases before the apex court, alleged that Sinha met member of Parliament (MP) Vijay Darda and his son Devendra Darda at his residence, and sought a court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the issue.
The NGO’s lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that these meetings took place at a time when the top probe agency was still considering whether to prosecute the Dardas in connection with the case or not. He said that Sinha had overturned decisions of his junior officers and asked them not to register cases in several situations.