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Do not interference in 2G scam Probe: SC to CBI Chief

New Delhi, Nov 20: The Supreme Court on Thursday criticised the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the multi-crore 2G spectrum allocation scam asking its director Ranjit Sinha to stay away from the probe.

While hearing the case related to the allegations made by an NGO that said that Sinha might have tried to save some accused in the scam, the apex court caged the CBI chief saying, "do not interference in 2G scam probe".

The court made it clear that the senior-most officer in the investigating team of the 2G scam will take over the role of CBI director in the case.

Earlier today, the court said that there was some credibility in the allegations made by senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

"For us, it appears that all is not well and prima facie it seems that allegations made in the application by the NGO has some credibility," the bench observed.

The court also pulled up CBI chief Ranjit Sinha for naming a senior IPS officer Santosh Rastogi as a "mole", saying it was wrong on his part to have named him. It added that the court would take note of the issue and not allow the career of the official to be tarnished.

Prashant Bhushan, who filed the petition in the SC, said he had never met Santosh Rastogi and did not get any document from him.

Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover told the court that Sinha interfered in 2G case which is completely inconsistent with the agency's stand, adding "our case in 2G could have been demolished, if Sinha's stand was accepted."

Sinha on Wednesday had told the apex court that a senior IPS officer in the CBI was a "mole" who passed on certain file notings and documents to the Centre for Public Interest Litigation on the basis of which "false and baseless" allegations were made.

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