THE Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered a CBI probe against former chief of the investigation agency Ranjit Sinha in connection to the coal block allocation scam case. The Supreme Court-appointed panel was probing the alleged scuttling of probe into coal block allocation scam cases by Sinha, whose meetings with the accused persons were held as “completely inappropriate”.

The decision pronounced by a special bench headed by Justice M B Lokur came on a report submitted by an SC-appointed panel which prima facie alleged an attempt to influence investigation in the coal block allocation scam cases by Ranjit Sinha.

The apex court had on July 12 last year reserved its order on the issue after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the bench that the panel headed by former CBI special director M L Sharma has held that Sinha’s meetings with some high-profile accused in the scam. Sinha had met several of the coal scam accused multiple times…sometimes 50-60 times. Secondly the actions of the CBI Director do indicate that his meetings have influenced his decisions and actions in the matter.”

On December 7, 2015, the court had ordered handing over the original visitors’ diary of the official residence of the former CBI director to the Sharma-led panel.

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