New Delhi: In a huge blow to the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked him to withdraw himself from overseeing the investigation into the 2G scam case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu has said that prima facie it appears that allegations levelled against Sinha were "credible" and "acceptable".
"We are not giving detailed, elaborate orders to protect the fair name of the institution and reputation of the CBI as it will damage the institution," said the bench.
Sinha has been accused by the NGO CPIL of interfering with the 2G probe and meeting the accused in the case. Sinha has denied these charges repeatedly.
Senior-most officer in the investigating team of the 2G scam will take over the role of CBI Director in the case, the apex court ruled.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded Sinha to step down. Speaking to CNN-IBN, party leader Subramanian Swamy said, "The CBI Director should now step down."
Former CBI chief DR Karthikyean reacted to the development saying that the credibility of the country's premier investigation agency should be kept impact. He, too, demanded Sinha's resignation.
The Prime Minister's Office too was disturbed with the charges against the CBI chief. Sources in the PMO said, "The Supreme Court order on CBI chief serious in nature; we are waiting for the order."
Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramaniam welcomed the judgment, saying, "I welcome SC's decision. Sinha should step down voluntarily."
Sinha is set to retire from office on December 2 but the court's directives are going to leave a scar on the CBI chief's credibility.