Supreme Court on 20 November 2014 directed CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to withdraw himself from 2G case and asked CBI chief not to interfere in the ongoing 2G probe.
It further ruled that three senior-most officers in the investigating team of the 2G scam will take over the role of CBI Director in the case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said that prima facie it appears that allegations levelled against Sinha were credible and acceptable.
The Supreme Court directed him to do so in light of allegations made against him by the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation. The NGO had alleged that he might have tried to save accused in 2G spectrum scam.
Ranjit Sinha was set to retire from office on 2 December 2014 but the court's directives are going to leave a scar on the CBI chief's credibility.
2G Spectrum Case
2G Spectrum Case relates to the probe being made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2G Spectrum Scam. The Scam involved politicians and government officials illegally undercharging mobile telephone companies for frequency allocation licenses, which they would then use to create 2G spectrum subscriptions for cell phones.
According to the estimates of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the scam caused 1.76 lakh crore rupees loss to the public exchequer. The amount of loss was based on 3G and BWA spectrum auction prices in 2010.