In what appeared to be a big setback for Opposition (especially Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi), the Supreme Court has rejected a plea for probing alleged payoffs by the Birla-Sahara group when he was the Gujarat chief minister.
The top court cited weak evidence provided by Bhushan in the case.
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Bhushan was seeking investigation on the seized documents which had names of various politicians across party lines, including the name of the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit. It allegedly mentioned a payment of Rs 12 crore to the ‘Gujarat CM’.
Bhushan, meanwhile, has slammed the Supreme Court’s verdict stating that it will go down as “one of the worst judgement” in the history, adding that it is a black day.
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Earlier too, a Supreme Court bench called the evidence provided by Bhushan as inadequate and had given the petitioner time to provide more evidence. Bhushan had then produced some internal reports of the Income Tax Department on the alleged graft case, however, that too could not stand the top court’s scrutiny.
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The “Sahara diaries” is a collection of papers seized by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Income Tax department during raids on Sahara-Birla offices in 2013 and 2014.
The BJP has taken a sigh of relief on the dismissal of the plea, which was used by both Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal to corner PM Modi.