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Remove Ranjit Sinha from Coalgate probe, demands NGO

Friday, 5 September 2014 - 5:52am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha's trouble seems to be deepening, with an NGO on Thursday moved Supreme Court demanding his removal from the coal block allocation scam probe, for Sinha's alleged interference in to it.

Filing an application in the court, NGO Common Cause, referred to recent news items that revealed influential people allegedly involved in the Coalgate scam frequently visited Sinha's residence.
dna is the first newspaper which has been publishing series of news articles on Sinha's alleged meeting with the accused persons in high profile cases including 2G case at his official residence at New Delhi in past several months.

Filing through counsel Prashant Bhushan, the NGO accused Sinha of scuttling the probe in the high magnitude cases in which 20 FIRs for offences of corruption, cheating, and criminal conspiracy have been lodged and two charge sheets placed in trial court.

The NGO alleged that the entry register, which it filed in a sealed envelope along with the application, suggest that influential people named in Coalgate scam, 2G cases and 4G scandal met Sinha and many of the meetings were held late at night.

It also referred to the apex court orders to keep the probe free from any interference and to the changing of the status reports of the probe at the instance of political executive.

Saying that the extraordinary developments that have recently come to light, it said there are incontrovertible facts in the public domain which lead to the "inescapable conclusion" that it is necessary to remove Sinha from the case for ensuring fair and impartial investigations.

Meanwhile, senior journalist Vineet Narain, whose famous case led to the autonomy of CBI/CVC, on Thursday has written a letter to Chief Justice of India seeking the court to ask the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, to proceed on leave or resign on the moral grounds, over the recent controversy of his meeting with the accused in the 2G case.

Narain, editor-in-chief of Kalchakra Investigating News Bureau, in his letter says "The recent exposures of CBI Director's unethical meetings with the accused persons and/or their representatives involved in high profile corruption cases have shaken the nation. Under the circumstances it will be in fitness of things that Sinha should be asked to proceed on leave forthwith and/or on moral grounds, should resign from his post, so, as to enable this court to conduct a free and fair enquiry."

Narain's PIL in 1993 in the Jain Hawala case had drawn the court's attention towards the criminal connivance of CBI in high profile corruption cases directly with the persons involved.

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