2G scam: CBI chief defends separate counter-affidavits
CBI director Ranjit Sinha has vigorously defended his decision to file separate individual counter-affidavits before the Supreme Court in petitions filed by the six accused seeking quashing of charges in the 2G spectrum scam.
New Delhi: CBI director Ranjit Sinha has vigorously defended his decision to file separate individual counter-affidavits before the Supreme Court in petitions filed by the six accused seeking quashing of charges in the 2G spectrum scam. Sinha came out with his defence after the then Special Public Prosecutor UU Lalit, now appointed as judge of Supreme Court, raised objections to these affidavits.
"No time is appropriate to bring the truth before the Supreme Court," Sinha said in a strong observation made in an internal note on the questions raised by Lalit over the matter being reconsidered by the CBI Chief and individual affidavits being filed after a consolidated reply was given earlier. "This case (2G) was investigated and chargesheets were filed before I took over the office," he added.
Sinha said that while the trial before the special CBI court was underway, the chargesheeted accused in the case had filed writ petitions before the Supreme Court which issued notice to the CBI for filing a response.The CBI director said that consequently he had made "certain queries and after obtaining the necessary clarifications, I was of the view that it was necessary to file separate individual counter affidavits." Sinha reasoned that the case of each of the petitioners stood on different footing and complete facts and that circumstances must be brought before the apex court.DMK leader Kanimozhi, Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, Shahid Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables had filed separate petitions in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of all charges made by the CBI against them. The CBI director wanted to reply to each affidavit separately and also bring to the notice of the Supreme Court about an opinion of the Law Ministry whereby it was stated that no case was made against Reliance as they had no cross holding of shares in Swan telecom.