SuMo flays Ranjit Sinha for hampering fodder scam probe since beginning

Patna,(BiharTimes): Seeking a review of the conduct of the then CBI director Ranjit Sinha for allegedly hampering the legal procedure in the fodder scam cases senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday quoted from Supreme Court’s Monday ruling, in which it slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation for delay in challenging the Jharkhand High Court verdict of 2014 that had said that separate fodder scam cases cannot be heard.

Turning it down the apex court directed separate trial in four cases in which RJD chief Lalu Prasad is an accused. According to the Supreme Court the CBI “has failed to live up to its reputation.... Let the director of CBI look into the matter and saddle the responsibility on a person.... Responsibility for delay in such cases to be termed as deliberate one which is intolerable.”

SuMo said, it becomes clear that the CBI did not do its bit in the case. "We had moved Patna high court demanding removal of Ranjit Sinha, who was then DIG  in CBI, as he was favouring Lalu Prasad during the investigation," Sushil Modi alleged.

One and a half decades later Sinha (now retired) became the director of the CBI. SuMo said that it was their petition which led to removal of Ranjit Sinha from the investigation in the case even though the Patna high court had allowed him to continue at the post of CBI DIG.

Sushil Modi urged the premier investigating agency of the country to form special teams for ensuring fair trial in the remaining cases in the fodder scam.

The former deputy chief minister also alleged that Lalu, who later became the railway minister (2004-09), had played “an instrumental role” in making Ranjit Sinha director general of the Railway Protection Force in 2008.

According to SuMo the RJD chief later used influence in the UPA to make Sinha CBI director in 2012.
It is other thing that Lalu was no more a minister in the UPA-II. It needs to be recalled that an FIR was lodged against Sinha on April 26 last for allegedly trying to influence the investigation in the coal block scam case.


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