Prashant Bhushan Refuses to disclose identity of whistleblower who leaked CBI Chief’s visitors’ logbook
Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan has reportedly refused to disclose the identity of the person who leaked the entry registrar of CBI Chief Sinha’s house. A Bench headed by Justice Dattu had on September 15, has said that it must know the identity of the person before taking a call on the proceedings regarding the controversial visitors’ logbook of CBI Director’s residence.
According to Bhushan, revealing the name of the source would endanger his/her life.
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.
Read more news about the 2G spectrum case here.