Deccan Chronicle

FORMER CBI CHIEF SINHA PASSES AWAY

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New Delhi, April 16: Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha died here Friday morning at the age of 68 in what is believed to be a Covid-19 related death, senior officials said.

He was confirmed positive for coronaviru­s on Thursday night and breathed his last at

4.30 am, the officials said. Sinha, a 1974-batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre who had cracked the coveted UPSC examinatio­n at the age of 21, headed the CBI for a controvers­ial two-year term in 2012 as its 26th chief during which the agency earned the sobriquet of “caged parrot”.

The scathing remarks by Justice RM Lodha were a result of Sinha’s nine-page affidavit to the Supreme Court giving details of his meetings with the then Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and other senior officers during which changes were made in the coal scam probe report submitted to the apex court.

“Whatever the Supreme Court says is correct,” was his response to the reporters after the controvers­y.

Towards the fag end of his tenure, another controvers­y stuck him. A purported visitors’ diary with names of persons under the CBI scanner in coal and 2G scam surfaced in

2014. It showed that these people were allegedly frequentin­g his residence.

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