No need for probe into alleged Birla Sahara bribes to Narendra Modi : Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by an NGO that sought an investigation into IT raids on Sahara and Birla. The names of some politicians, including Narendra Modi, had cropped up in connection with the same, but the SC did not find satisfactory evidence.

“If we were to order investigation on the basis of material with no evidentiary value, it would be difficult for constitutional functionaries to function, which would not be safe for the democracy,” the apex court observed.

“Given the shape in which these documents have been collected and filed, we are of the opinion that it would not be safe and proper to order investigation”, the court further went on to add.

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Supreme Court of India. Photo courtesy of Legaleagle86/Wikipedia

It was pointing out to these IT raids that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked PM Modi, alleging that he was involved in corrupt practices. Now, the duo will have to look for other arsenal to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It may be recalled than the NGO named ‘Common Cause’ had filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court in connection with the raids on Sahara and Birla. The NGO asked for a court- monitored SIT investigation into the raids on the business houses, which took place in 2013-14. In the aftermath of the raids, bribery allegations were made against some politicos, including Modi.

The NGO, however, has been constantly ordered by the court to come up with some credible material to back their allegations of corruption. Last week, they had filed a number of documents as annexures to its affidavit.

The NGO claimed that they had significant material pertaining to the raid on the Aditya-Birla Group office and the Sahara group. The court however last month questioned ‘Common Cause’ as well as its lawyer Prashant Bhushan as they were raising doubts on the PM without “sufficient” materials.

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