1. Qureshi's Name in the Controversial Diary
Few months after Modi’s comment in September 2014, the names of those who met controversial former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha at his residence was revealed from the visitors’ diary, creating a political stir.
Sinha’s visitors list was being probed to investigate his alleged role in helping out those involved in the Coal Allocation scam, or ‘Coalgate’ as the media insisted on calling it. The Supreme Court had earlier observed that the CBI was no better than a “caged parrot” that “peaks in its master's voice”, giving permission to the inquiry panel to investigate his visitor’s diary.
The scam pertained to illegal allocation of coal blocks between 2004 and 2009 during the UPA I regime, and came to light after a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in 2012.
Among the many controversial names that surfaced was that of Qureshi. The diary revealed that he met the then CBI Director not just once or twice in a span of few months, but 70 times. Qureshi’s wife, Nasreen, who is a Pakistani national, is also said to have visited Sinha’s residence many times.