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SC tells Bhushan to name the whistleblower

SC tells Bhushan to name the whistleblower
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The Supreme Court directed advocate Prashant Bhushan, who has levelled allegations against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha of protecting the accused in the 2G case.

  • Name whistleblower in a sealed envelope on next date of hearing: Court
  • SC should be concerned about the content, not the source, says lawyer

New Delhi: The Supreme Court directed advocate Prashant Bhushan, who has levelled allegations against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha of protecting the accused in the 2G case, to reveal the name of the whistleblower from whom he got the CBI documents and the guest list at the top cop's residence.

A bench headed by Justice H L Dattu asked Bhushan to name the whistleblower in the sealed envelope on the next date of hearing on September 22 and said that it would go into the merits of allegations after knowing the source of information, as it may have ramification on the reputation of the director and also affect the ongoing trial in the 2G scam.

It said that the affidavit filed by Bhushan was not in consonance with the Supreme Court rules and asked him to reveal the source from whom he got all the documents.

Bhusan hit back at the Supreme Court stating the court should be more interested in the content of the information and concerned whether it was right or wrong rather than worry about the source.

'Our argument was, the concept of whistleblower talks of protection of whistleblower's identity if the whistleblower so wants,' the advocated noted.

The CBI director questioned the very existence of the diary before the apex court and said that 90 per cent of the entries were fudged though some entries may be genuine.

Advocate Vikash Singh, appearing for the top cop, submitted that somebody else is controlling the proceedings in the case and raised questions on how a media group published a story in advance that Bhushan will be depositing the original guest list before the apex court.

He alleged that a corporate house is working behind all these controversies and it is intended to benefit the accused in the 2G scam.

The bench also wanted to know the stand of CBI in the controversy but the senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the agency, refused to get into it, saying that it is a matter between advocate Prashant Bhushan and the director.

It then directed its registry to keep all documents and affidavits filed by the CBI director in a sealed cover and deposit them with the Secretary General for safe custody.

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