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SC rejects CBI chief’s plea for media curbs, asks for gate log in affidavit

New Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it cannot take cognisance of documents pertaining to entry list of visitors at the residence of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s director till they are placed on record and asked advocate Prashant Bhushan to file an affidavit annexing the materials.

A non governmental organisation had told the Supreme Court that entry register of his residence portrays a “very disturbing” and “explosive material” coming in the way of administration of justice in 2G spectrum allocation scam.

A bench headed by Justice H.L. Dattu said it had gone through the documents and it is desirable that they be placed on affidavit.

”We have gone through the documents. We cannot take cognisance of this until it is placed on record,” the bench said, asking advocate Bhushan to file an affidavit.

The bench agreed to give an urgent hearing on the issue and decided to assemble at 10am, half an hour before the normal court time, on Monday.

The bench also turned down the plea of the CBI director to restrain media from broadcasting and publishing news stories on the basis of documents.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, raised questions on the veracity and source of the documents.

He submitted that his right to privacy and reputation was involved in the case and pleaded the court to restrain media.

The CBI director also denied all the allegations made against him, saying all such statements are “patently false”.

The advocate also raised questions on how the documents got leaked despite apex court's order that they should be placed before it in a sealed envelope.

Singh also pleaded that apex court should ask Bhushan about the source from which he acquired those documents.