NGO CPIL informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that it won’t disclose the identity of the whistleblower, who leaked the visitors’ logbook at CBI director Ranjit Sinha’s Delhi residence and other pertinent CBI documents.
Filing an affidavit in repose to the court’s query on Monday, CPIL, a petitioner in the 2G scam cases, said it has passed a resolution deciding not to reveal who leaked the damning documents against Sinha.
Averse to taking cognisance of the controversial visitors’ logbook at CBI director’s house, the court had ordered for disclosure of the whistleblower’s identity.
Turning down an argument that the revelation of the whistleblower was not relevant, a bench of Justices H L Dattu and S A Bobde held that informing the court about the whistleblower was imperative in view of the Supreme Court Rules, which obligated every person filing an affidvait to disclose the source of information.
“We want to know about the authenticity of the whistleblower. It has serious consequences on reputation of persons and also on the (2G) trial court. Give us the source of infortmation. How did all this information get leaked out is important. We have to satisfy ourselves first,” it told advocate Prashant Bhushan, arguing for NGO CPIL.
CPIL had filed an affidavit in the court, seeking removal of Sinha for allegedly compromising investigations into 2G and Coal block cases.
Bhushan had handed over the original visitors’ logbook at Sinha’s Delhi residence, which purportedly showed frequent visits by some of the accused in the 2G and Coal block cases among others. He had claimed two unidentified persons had visited his house and gave him the document.
The court had fixed the matter for Monday next.