NEW DELHI, Nov 20 � Twelve days before his retirement, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha today suffered a major blow when the Supreme Court removed him from the 2G scam case, saying the allegations against him of protecting some accused appears to be �prima facie credible�, reports PTI.
The apex court, in an unprecedented order, handed over the case to the senior-most officer after Sinha in the 2G scam investigating team.
A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, however, refused to pass an elaborate order on the issue saying that it would �tarnish� the �image and reputation� of the premier agency.
The fate of the top cop, who is due to retire on December 2, in the case became abundantly clear when the bench, also comprising justices MB Lokur and AK Sikri, before rising for the lunch break, asked senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Sinha, about various options.
The court said it did not want to pass an elaborate order, because it would be against the interest and image of the agency.
�Prima facie the allegations made in the application (by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation) are credible and required to be accepted,� the bench observed.