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2G scam: CBI chief directed officials to send draft to UU Lalit

Tuesday, 5 August 2014 - 7:55am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

CBI director Ranjit Sinha had apparently directed his officials to send a draft to Supreme Court designate judge U U Lalit asking for further investigations into Reliance Telecom's role in the 2G scam.

In a letter dated June 30 2014 (accessed by dna), Lalit refers to the draft (quoting DIG Santosh Rastogi), saying, "CBI director has found new facts, which contradict with the present charge sheet filed against Reliance Telecom."

Rastogi's letter and note, however, make it clear that the draft is being sent to Lalit on behalf of CBI chief Sinha as he has found new facts in the 2G case.

As reported on August 4 in dna, Lalit snubbed the CBI for sending such a draft at a juncture when the trial in the case is at crucial phase. This CBI draft "tantamounts to weakening of the case", Lalit"s letter read, underlining that this should not be done under any circumstances.

Interestingly, CBI has recently issued notice regarding internal transfer of few officers including Rastogi, which would be effective by the end of August. Rastogi would soon be part of the special crime branch, while two other officers, Madhup Tiwari and Amitabh Dhillon have been transferred to Bank Securities & Fraud Cell and Delhi branch respectively.

Meanwhile, dna report 'Is CBI trying to save Reliance in the 2G case?' published on August 4, wrongly attributes the following quote to U U Lalit. "Lalit says had he agreed to the CBI request, the impact would have cascaded down the entire 2G case. Ranjit Sinha says he has found new facts in the case. Lalit feels the intention is to subvert the present charge sheet. Even prime-accused politicians A Raja, Kanimozhi and corporate honcho and Supertech chief Sanjay Chandra could have benefited, says Lalit."

Lalit, when contacted had refused to talk with dna and thus never spoke. This was a quote of a senior prosecutor, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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