Sahara-Birla diaries: SC rejects plea seeking SIT probe against PM Modi
by Newsroom Staff Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
New Delhi, Jan 11: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea for SIT probe into the Sahara-Birla diaries case, that had named a list of political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rejecting the petition filed by an NGO that sought a probe into the IT raids conducted on Sahara and Birla in which the names of certain politicians came up, the SC said that there is no cogent evidence.
An affidavit was filed by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, who sought court-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the alleged bribes paid to politicians, whose names appeared in diaries seized by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Income Tax department.
The “Sahara diaries” — a collection of papers and computer print-outs found in raids on the Sahara offices in 2014 — reportedly carried names of politicians from different parties, along with amounts paid to them as bribes.
The list includes the names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while he was Gujarat Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit.
Rahul Gandhi had sought a probe into this matter while alleging that bribes were paid to politicians.