CBI brings Perjury allegations against Prashant Bhushan
Amidst raging controversy over CBI director’s visitor’s logbook, the CBI on Saturday approached the apex Court, alleging that noted lawyers Prashant Bhushan and Kamini Jaiswal and their NGO, Centre for Public Litigation, have been contradicting their own stand before the Court, and “making deliberate and false statements on oath and before the Supreme Court”.
An application for perjury has been filed, for allegedly making false statements against CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha.
The CBI, in the plea, has reportedly submitted that the counsel had earlier said that the diary containing the names of visitors to Sinha’s residence was procured from an unknown person but later in its affidavit while refusing to name the persons, the lawyer of the NGO claimed they have got it from reliable persons.
CBI Director Mr. Ranjit Sinha has been the centre of the controversy when Prashant Bhushan submitted to the Supreme Court that he has in his possession the visitor registers of CBI Director’s resident, according to which, top officials of a company indicted in 2G scam met CBI Director at his residence in the last 15 months.
The Supreme Court said that the identity of the whistle-blower is a must as the affidavit submitted by CPIL in the matter will otherwise be not in compliance with the Supreme Court Rules. The name was asked to be disclosed in a sealed envelope. Read the Live Law story here.
The CBI Director had earlier asked the Supreme Court to stop the media from covering the hearings, a plea which was rejected by the Court.
The Supreme Court had also asked the CBI Director to file two separate affidavits – one on the merits as to why he should not be removed from the 2G cases besides initiating an inquiry against him, and second, on the maintainability of the application by NGO CPIL, which has sought actions against him in view of damning disclosures by the visitors’ logbook.
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