New Delhi: It seems the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is not willing to divulge information regarding corruption cases against Judges of higher judiciary, and perhaps that is the reason it refused to provide details related to the former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Yogesh Kumar Sabhrawal - facing corruption charges - under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

An RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, who had sought information related to complaints against the retired judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts including CJI Sabharwal, was denied any information by the CBI.

Agarwal also asked for the information regarding any convicted or punished retired Justices of Supreme Court or High Court.

The RTI activist has also sought complete facts related to the case filed by the CBI against CJI Sabharwal following the complaint of Prashant Bhushan on November 26, 2007, and the information forwarded by the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) to the CBI.

The Section 8 (1) (J) of RTI Act prevents the information to be made public, the CBI said, adding under Section 8 (2) of the Act it is clearly mentioned that the information if sought in public interest can be revealed by a public authority.

Meanwhile, the CVC has provided the petitioner with all forms and information. The closure report documents provided by the CVC reveal that CBI itself had admitted to have sufficient evidence against Sabharwal.

One Joint Director-level official of the CBI in a confidential letter written to CVC Secretary clearly stated that the probe agency in its independent probe had found enough evidence against the two sons (Chetan and Nitin) of Justice Sabharwal in the land allotment case and Rs 28 crore finance granted by Union Bank of India, Nehru Place, New Delhi.

However, the CBI in its status report submitted to the CVC found no irregularity in the process of Rs 28 crore loan and stated to have ascertained no difference in the prices of the commercial allotment of the plot.

Meanwhile, the information that CVC gave to RTI activist stated that Prashant Bhushan’s complaints against YK Sabharwal and his two sons have been verified and closed. There is no case registered against the retired Justices of Supreme Court and High Court.

On the question, whether the CBI has received any complaint against former CJI KG Balakrishnan, the CVC denied to have any information.

JPN/Bureau