CBI chief under scanner over controversial guests

RANJIT Sinha does not contest his meetings with Reliance officials, says some of the visits were genuine

New Delhi : The Supreme Court is expected to review the visitors’ diary at the official residence of the CBI chief Ranjeet Sinha amid claims that representatives of companies that are under probe in the 2G telecom scam and coalgate have been meeting him frequently.

The charge was first leveled by senior counsel Prashant Bhushan and it has surfaced that representative of Reliance Telecom and meat exporter Moin Qureshi have been frequent visitors at his residence.

Qureshi’s wife Nasreen is also listed as one of the visitors to the Sinha residence. With Sinha as the CBI chief, the country’s premier investigative agency has been hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.

The Supreme Court had earlier referred to it as a ‘caged parrot.’ Interestingly, while dismissing the visitors’ diary as a fake, Sinha has reportedly conceded that some of the entries are genuine. Besides, he has not contested his meetings with the Reliance officials, but has posed a counter question.” What is the favour that I have shown to them?” he has asked. Sinha has been a high profile investigator and has a strong social profile in the capital.

Last year, when his daughter got married to an IAS officer from Chhattisgarh cadre, senior IAS, IPS officials and politicians cutting across party lines made a beeline at the reception to greet the newly married couple.

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