CBI files FIR against Ranjit Sinha in coal scam

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday has filed a case against its former director Ranjit Sinha who is accused of influencing the probe in coal block allocation during his tenure as director of the probe agency.

CBI filed an FIR against Ranjit Sinha under sections – 13 (2), which deals with “criminal misconduct” and section 13 (1) (d), pertaining to abusing official position while holding a public office and indulging in corruption, of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

According to leading daily report, A Special Investigation Team was formed to conduct investigation into the abuse of authority prima facie committed by Sinha with a view “to scuttle enquiries, investigations and prosecutions being carried out by the CBI in the coal block allocation cases”, said the CBI FIR.

In February this year, the CBI had filed an FIR against former director AP Singh on allegations that he was favouring meat exporter Moin Qureshi, an accused in a money laundering case.

Earlier in January the Supreme Court had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to be headed by the CBI director, to look into the prima facie allegations against Sinha of trying to influence the probe in the coal scam cases.

Sinha is the second director against whom an FIR has been filed. Earlier AP Singh was booked for having close links with businessman Moin Qureshi on a complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

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