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New Delhi: It’s CBI’s Sinha vs activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan again.

Only, this time the man in the hot seat is new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Anil Sinha, who took over on 3 December from previous chief Ranjit Sinha.

On 1 December last year, Bhushan wrote to CBI asking it to probe former Supreme Court judge and current Press Council chief C.K. Prasad for “abuse of office" and “criminal misconduct".

Prasad, Bhushan claimed, decided a case in favour of Mistry Constructions Pvt. Ltd, resulting in “significant monetary benefit" for the company.

In a letter to Anil Sinha on 8 January, Bhushan alleged Sinha’s wife was a “former junior/associate" of Prasad’s, leading to a “serious conflict of interest". He also claimed that through “reliable sources", he’d found out that the in-laws of Sinha’s son or daughter were the owners of Mistry Constructions.

Bhushan said if these were true, the CBI chief would have to recuse himself from the probe he had requested. “It is surprising CBI has not even registered an FIR. Is this because of any intervention made by you as director of CBI?" he wrote in his letter.

Mistry Constructions could not be reached for a comment.

CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said “the matter (regarding the complaint) is being dealt as per law". Previously, Bhushan had accused Ranjit Sinha of interfering into investigations of the so-called 2G scam.

Elizabeth Roche contributed to this story.

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