23 Jamuary, New Delhi
The Supreme Court Monday constituted a Special Investigation Team, SIT, to probe the allegations of abuse of authority committed by former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to scuttle investigation and enquiries in coal block allocation cases.
A bench, comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, observed that a prima facie case has definitely been made out for probe into the abuse of authority by Mr Sinha.
The apex court said, the present CBI Director would head the special investigation team. It would look into the report of the apex court-appointed panel headed by former Special Director of the agency, M L Sharma, that had prima facie indicted Mr Sinha in the matter.
However, the apex court made it clear that it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of allegations levelled by the petitioner or on the contents of the report prepared by the Sharma panel.
The bench said that the special public prosecutor for coal scam cases, senior advocate R S Cheema, would assist CBI Director and his team on legal issues related to the matter.