Sahara/Birla bribery case: SC asks petitioner to bring relevant documents

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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the NGO, Common Cause, to bring relevant documents in Sahara/Birla bribery case within three weeks.

Common Cause is seeking probe into the documents recovered by Income Tax department during its raids at the premises of Sahara and Birla groups in 2013 and 2014.

Sahara/Birla bribery

The documents seized from Sahara offices had several entries stating payments of Rs 40.1 crore to ‘CM Gujarat.’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister during the time of the IT raids.

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The NGO alleged that both Sahara and Birla paid kickbacks to politicians including chief ministers, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh and Sheila Dikshit.
The SC said that it was not impressed by the documents placed by the petitioner.
Justice JS Khehar observed that the apex court, in SEBI matter in the past, had found Sahara documents to be unreliable.
Justice Khehar, however, told petitioner, “You are making a serious allegation and if you bring some authentic document we will hear you. We can’t initiate any proceedings because you name some big persons.”
Justice Khehar added, “Any corrupt person can make entry in name of Prime Minister in his document but it cant be treated as credible evidence to order probe.”
The Attorney General, Mukul Rohatgi, told the Supreme Court that allegations were scandalous, malafide and in nature of kite flying.
The Supreme Court will hear the matter again 14 December.

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