Published On : Tue, Jul 12th, 2016

Ex-CBI chief Ranjit Sinha indicted by SC panel on coal scam

Ranjit Sinha

Ranjit Sinha (File Pic)


New Delhi/Nagpur:
Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha has been indicted by a Supreme Court-appointed panel that investigated his alleged role in the coal scam.

The panel reportedly found that the coal scam accused had visited the CBI chief. It also found that Sinha tampered with the proceedings of the coal scam probe and his decisions were influnced by meeting with the accused.

The report “points the needle of suspicion” at Sinha, said the sources.

The apex court had appointed a team led by former CBI special director ML Sharma in 2015 to probe allegations that a visitors book from Sinhas official residence showed he met several accused in the coal scam. On Monday, the SC panel said the diary was genuine.

Police have been investigating suspected collusion between government officials and private companies in under-priced sales of coalfields, which the Comptroller and Auditor General said in 2012 might have cost India around 1.86 lakh crore in lost revenue.

In 2014, the SC revoked the allocation of more than 200 coal blocks sold by the government.