He argued that those meetings could not be viewed as improper or illegal since it did not influence his decision-making in any case.
If convicted of the charges against them, Raja and others will face a maximum sentence of up to seven years.
Leakages rising steadily — from 24% in 1999-2000 to a little under 47% in 2011-12.
A bench headed by CJ Dattu allowed that the new CBI chief will be allowed to oversee the 2G cases.
It also alleges that Sinha forced officers probing the coal scam not to register FIRs in cases where PEs had been filed.
The meeting fuelled speculation over his continuance in the post in the wake of SC removing him from 2G scam probe.
The government has not made any progress in the selection of the next CBI chief since the post of the Leader of Opposition is vacant.
Lalit, in a letter dated June 30, 2014, sent a strongly worded reply to the CBI against the suggestion.
The 2G probe, he said, was at the trial stage even before he was appointed Director and there was no role for him to monitor the probe.
Lawyer demands CBI Director be removed from all cases.
Special prosecutor alleged that Sinha attempted to scuttle investigation in one of the 2G cases.
Allowing the CBI plea would be in the interest of both the accused as well as the prosecution, the court said.
Congress member, who Rai says helped calculate losses, joined BJP.
ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that the accused were involved in a Rs 200-crore money transaction.
The special court taking cognizance of the chargesheet filed, has issued summons to Dayanidhi Maran,