2G Scam: Supreme Court directs advocate Prashant Bhushan to submit name of whistleblower
The Supreme Court has directed senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan to disclose the source of his information in the 2G scam case about Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha. The court observed, “Just because someone made a statement, we cannot order an inquiry.”
The court said that Bhushan must disclose the source of information regarding the guest list at CBI director’s residence and CBI file notings. The court has asked Bhushan to give the name of the whistleblower in a sealed envelope.
The CBI chief, defending himself, has said that 90 per cent of entries in the register are forged while some entries may be genuine.
In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, Sinha had said that he rejects the affidavit filed by the Bhushan. He accused Bhushan of giving false evidence and making false allegations on oath. He also said that the Supreme Court should direct the registration of a case against the NGO CPIL, which Bhushan represented, for giving false evidence.
Sinha is accused of meeting case suspects in the high-profile 2G case by Prashant Bhushan. Sinha in his affidavit to the court said that communication between the CBI Director and Director of Prosecution is privileged and cannot be used without the consent of the CBI Director or Director of Prosecution.
In a sealed envelope, Sinha had filed an affidavit in the SC in response to the allegations made by Bhushan of interfering in the 2G scam probe. Bhushan had filed a petition in the SC seeking its direction to Sinha to recuse himself from investigation and prosecution in 2G case, alleging that he is trying to protect some influential accused in the scam.
Bhushan had also submitted the original entry/guest diary of the CBI director’s residence saying it will be destroyed and hence he is depositing it with the court. To this, Sinha had asked the SC to disclose the source from which he got all the documents.