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Sinha’s SC U-turn opens Pandora’s Box

Sinha’s SC U-turn opens Pandora’s Box
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Sinha on Monday admitted in Supreme Court that he met with some people named as accused in coal scam case at his residence but insisted that he had not bestowed any favours to them. This is a definite shift by Sinha, who had to face the ignominy of having to recuse himself from the 2G spectrum investigation days before his retirement following orders of the Supreme Court.

Sinha’s stand would bring the spotlight back on several politicians and corporate honchos. According to the diary entries made at Sinha’s residence, which was used as the document to file a public interest litigation by lawyer Prashant Bhushan, contains several names including those of former tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay, former Congress MP Vijay Darda, his brother Mahendra Darda.

Sinha also met Kanpur-based meat exporter and hawala operator Moin Qureshi. The diary also revealed that he met two top officials of Reliance ADAG  — Tony Jesudasan and Sethuraman — nearly 50 times in one year.

Earlier on February 23, the Supreme Court commenced hearing on the plea seeking appointment of a Special Investigation Team to examine allegations of interference and scuttling of probe into the coal block allocation scam by former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, who had refuted the charges. The apex court had said it would hear the matter in detail and pass any order only after giving a full hearing.

Prashant Bhushan had claimed the entries in the visitors’ register of the former CBI Director made it clear that he was meeting the high-profile accused and those associated with coal block allocation.
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