2G trial: SC tells CBI director to respond to allegations in 'black and white'
The apex court took serious objection to the CBI director's submission that he would not like to file an affidavit on the averments and would counter the allegations orally.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said that averments made against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, arising out of entry list at his residence, are "serious" in nature and directed him to respond to the allegations in "black and white".
The apex court took serious objection to the director's submission that he would not like to file an affidavit on the averments and would counter the allegations orally. "The averments are serious and the CBI director can't say he won't file an affidavit," a bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Sinha, submitted that he doesn't want to file an affidavit as it would impact the trial in 2G scam case and also said that the court should not hear the issue without knowing the source of information as the averments were made on the basis of privileged communication and highly secret CBI file notings.
The bench, however, refused to accept his plea, saying that it is monitoring the 2G case and very serious allegations have been sought to be made against him.
The court said that if the CBI director doesn't file an affidavit, then it will proceed with the case and non-filing of a response would also draw adverse inference against him. "What prevents you to file an affidavit on merit?" the bench asked, adding, "Whatever you want to tell us, tell us in black and white." The CBI director, thereafter, agreed to file an affidavit in a sealed envelope.
The bench allowed the director to file the response within a week and posted the case for further hearing on September 15.
In March 2002, he was conferred the Padma Vibhushan award for his defense of freedom of speech and the protection of human rights
SC says COVID-19 situation a 'national crisis' as India adds 3.2 lakh cases, 2,771 deaths; high courts hammer states
Meanwhile, Australia became the latest country to impose restrictions on travel from India. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the suspension of all direct passenger flights till 15 May due to the "very significant" spike in COVID-19
'Can't remain mute spectator': SC terms COVID-19 as 'national crisis', questions Centre on differing prices of vaccines
There is a need for top court's intervention on certain national issues as there might be matters related to coordination between states, the bench said