Bhushan and Jaswal to face repercussions if charges proved in a fresh perjury application
A fresh perjury case was filed against AAP leader Prashant Bhushan and Kamal Kant Jaswal of NGO Common Cause on Monday by CBI director Ranjit Sinha. The grounds for the same being making 'mischievous' and 'false' statements before the Supreme Court. In the wake of 2G controversy, Prashant Bhushan who is appearing for NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, CPIL, had disclosed that he had come across very disturbing and explosive material in the month of September. Following this, a bench headed by Justice Dattu through a 15 September order had declared the necessity for disclosing the identity of the whistleblower before taking a call on the proceedings regarding CBI director’s logbook.
After Prashant Bhushan’s refusal to disclose the identity, CBI had brought perjury allegations against Bhushan and Jaiswal before the SC on 20th September. Read the Live Law story here. Eventually, the court had also asked for disclosure of the name in a sealed envelope. What has emerged amidst all this is that Bhushan had filed an application on behalf of Jaswal that a report by the Income Tax Department about meat exporter Moin Qureshi had included details about his dealings with the CBI director but Mukul Rohatgi, attorney general, denied of any such mention in the IT report. This is apparently the third perjury application filed against Bhushan, the other two were related to the 2G scam probe and Sinha’s residence register. What is touted to the result of all this is that both Bhushan and Jaswal would have to face prosecution if the information given by the whistleblower is found false.