New Delhi: In a big relief to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court of India today quashed the plea made by the Aam Admi Party’s leader Prashant Bhushan in which he blamed the Prime Minister for taking bribe from Sahara Group and Aditya Birla Group when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister.
The apex court rejected a petition seeking probe into the Sahara diaries, saying there was no conclusive evidence the names mentioned in the list.
The Supreme Court dismissed senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s plea for investigation into the documents seized in the Income Tax raids.
After hearing the matter, the Supreme Court said, the investigation cannot be ordered on the basis of loose sheet paper.
The bench was headed by Justice Arun Mishra ruled and said, “There is not enough evidence to order an inquiry into the case. We are dismissing it.”
On his part, Prashant Bhushan told the court that a clear case is made out for registering an FIR. He argued that the order of the settlement commission on the Sahara case is riddled with inconsistencies.
The court, while dismissing the petition, said it would be a “bad precedent” if investigation was ordered based on those documents.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, the government’s top lawyer, told the court that there was no credible evidence to prove that Modi had been paid off.
Rohatgi told the court, “Nobody in the country would be safe if such documents are accepted as legal evidence. Anyone can put the name of anybody on such papers.”
Bhushan was seeking investigation on the seized documents which had names of various politicians including the name of the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. It allegedly mentioned a payment of Rs 12 crore to the ‘Gujarat CM’.
The purported diaries were recovered from the business house following raids conducted in November 2014 listing the alleged pay-offs to politicians.