SC Dismisses Perjury Plea By Ex-CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha, Says He 'Must Be Investigated Further'

14/05/2015 11:47 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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India's newly elected Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha speaks with the media at CBI headquarters in New Delhi on December 3, 2012. The 59-year-old Sinha, who was the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Director, has served as the CBI's joint director in its anti-corruption unit. The CBI is an Indian governmental agency that jointly serves as a criminal investigation body, national security agency and intelligence agency. AFP PHOTO/ SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court today said that the former CBI director Ranjit Sinha "abused his powers and must be investigated", reported NDTV. It ruled that Sinha's meeting with 2G scam accused at his residence was "totally improper", and directed the Central Vigilance Commission to look into the matter.

The top court was pronouncing a verdict on a plea filed by an NGO seeking a probe by a Special Investigating Team (SIT) against Sinha for allegedly scuttling the probe into a coal block allocation scam case.

"The Supreme Court has said that Sinha's meeting accused persons at his house without the presence of the investigating officer was totally improper and merits further investigation as to whether the meeting compromised or influenced the investigations of the CBI. To clear the matter, the court has directed the Central Vigilance Commission to look into the matter. The case will come before the court on July 7," eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan told ANI. "The court has dismissed the perjury applications filed by Sinha against me," he added.

Sinha had earlier caused outrage by saying at a conference that if the state could not stop gambling, it could at least make some revenue by legalising it. He had said, "If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, 'If you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it'." He had later said that his remarks were taken out of context and had apologised as well.

(With inputs from ANI)

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