The CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has come under fire yet again and the chances of extinguishing the fire under the saffron flames may not be as easy for the seasoned investigator as it was for him till 4 months back. While there are many stories doing rounds, one aspect that’s gone unspoken is the people who were behind the first leak targeting Sinha alongwith two top officials of Anil Ambani Group, Tony Jesudasan and A Sethuraman.
A line that’s being spoken by some sections who apparently are disturbed by Ranjit Sinha indicates that a sympathizer of the former 2G scam chief investigator Santosh Rastogi is the person who first revealed the 50 meetings over 15 months between the 2 ADAG henchmen with CBI Chief. Rastogi apparently had developed differences with Sinha on the 2G-scam investigation and was slowly sidelined later to be removed from the team. Incidentally, a SC Bench had recognized the tireless investigation conducted by Santosh Rastogi before Ranjit Sinha took over as CBI Chief from AP Singh.
The other version of the gossip mills drags the former notorious lobbyist Niira Radia, who is being alleged to have killed two birds with one stone by leaking the visit details of Tony Jesudasan to CBI Chief’s residence. Radia has been a lobbyist for Tata Group and Reliance Industries, both staunch corporate rivals of Anil Ambani Group. There have been strong rumors, which can never have any confirmation, that it was Tony Jesudasan who was behind the Niira Radia Tapes leaking to the media, ending the dream run of Radia to make her an untouchable in the corridors of Delhi.
Radia who has been in and out of controversy eversince was baffled after the CBI decided to probe the Tata – Unitech deal under the 2g Scam recently. Apparently Radia played the crucial role of the mediator between Tata and Unitech at that time, and has come under the scanner of CBI once again after Sinha directed his investigators to re-open the Tata – Unitech case. Rumor mongers allege that the notorious Tony Jesudasan played a major role in reopening of the investigation.
By targeting Tony Jesudasan and Ranjit Sinha together, Niira Radia is being alleged to have played the Avenger game. On one hand targeting the ageing Tony Jesudasan, who is the undisputed numero uno of Corporate Sleaze; and tainting Sinha by mere association of his name with a character like Tony Jesudasan whose dictionary has no word like “Morals” and “Ethics”. Incidentally its not only Radia but many more who were waiting for an opportunity to get back at Tony Jesudasan who are now ganging up to ensure that the man is officially declared a persona non grata by the government intelligentsia.
The other version floating is the hand of Big Bro who is apparently having a Cold War going on with his sibling. This version alleges that the series of miseries of RIL on Gas were handiwork of Tony Jesudasan, with or without blessings of Anil Ambani. Recently, a news report on CAG raising questions on the modus operandi of Mukesh Ambani to get 4G licenses was also being said to be done at behest of Tony Jesudasan. And that’s what made the Big Bro to set right the man who has been the biggest troublemaker for Mukesh Ambani before and after the patch up between Ambani brothers.
Reliance Insiders also claim that the news of Tony’s coziness with Ranjit Sinha was leaked by none other than a top topmost official of Anil Ambani Group as a part of the internal frictions. The topmost official is said to have clipped wings of Tony Jesudasan and was instrumental in closure of a department headed by the master of sleaze. Checks and Balances were put on the man who once oiled almost everyone in Delhi by some way or the other. The skullduggery king retaliated with a surrogate attack, forcing the top official to use his unofficial channel to bring heat on most nefarious element Delhi has ever seen.
Another rumor mill claims that cleansing Delhi forever from the likes of Tony Jesudasan was on the first 100-day agenda of the Modi Government; and the game was to start from the sleaziest of the lot. A version that would have been believable if the “rest of frequent visitors” to Ranjit Sinha’s residence was not mass circulated a day ago.
While rumors may come aplenty, the fact remains that whoever was behind the Hit Job on India’s topmost investigator coming under a question mark found Prashant Bhushan to be the best way to uncork the can of worms, before the top crisis manager jumped into action by dragging more names to save his own life.