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Supreme Court orders CBI to probe allegations against ex-chief Ranjit Sinha

The Supreme Court ordered on Monday the CBI to inquire into allegations that the agency’s former chief, Ranjit Sinha, scuttled investigations into the coal scam.

The director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been asked to constitute a team of two officers after informing the apex court their names.

“The case is in public interest and we hope the director will investigate it earnestly,” the top court said.

The court, however, made no comments on the allegations against Sinha.

In July last year, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told the apex court that a panel headed by former CBI special director ML Sharma held that Sinha’s meetings with some high-profile accused in the scam prima facie indicated that there was an attempt to influence investigation.

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The SC-appointed panel was investigating the alleged scuttling of probe by Sinha, whose meetings with the accused persons were held as “completely inappropriate”.

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Supreme Court orders CBI to probe allegations against ex-chief Ranjit Sinha