Rahul Gandhi claims PM Modi received kickbacks, calls for inquiry
Rahul said the allegations dating between 2013-14 were found in diary notes and computer records of the Sahara Group and the Birla Group and were in the possession of income tax authorities.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday mounted allegation on Prime Minister Narendra Modi of taking kickbacks of Rs 65 crore from corporate houses during his stint as Chief Minister of Gujarat and demanded an independent inquiry into the charge.
Gandhi said the allegations dating between 2013-14 were found in diary notes and computer records of the Sahara Group and the Birla Group and were in the possession of income tax authorities.
Terming it as an attempt to divert attention from the AgustaWestland probe in which the names of Congress leaders and the "family" were surfacing, the Bharatiya Janata Party denied the allegation, while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe and the Congress said Modi should get a fair probe undertaken into the charge.
Addressing a rally in north Gujarat, Gandhi said: "It is on the records of the Income Tax department that Modi received money from the Sahara Group nine times in six months (in 2013-14)."
Rolling out dates when Modi allegedly received money from the Sahara Group (Rs 5 crore seven times and Rs 2.5 crore twice), he said: "The Income Tax Department has this record from the Sahara Group's diary for the last two and a half years and has recommended an inquiry.
"Narendra Modiji, tell us whether this allegation is true or not, order an independent investigation into this and come clean. You have made the entire country stand in queues for days. Now speak the truth," Gandhi said to applause by the huge crowd.