SC dismisses probe against PM Modi, says Sahara diaries didn’t constitute admissible evidence
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday said the Sahara diaries didn’t constitute admissible evidence. The diaries have been the basis of corruption charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the diaries hinted that Modi was paid Rs 25 lakh when he was chief minister of Gujarat, a post he held before the BJP victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Both Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, Kejriwal first and then Gandhi, had said the charges proved Modi was far from corrupt.
The court said this while hearing a petition seeking a special investigation team probe into the diaries. Reports said that deliberations went on for almost four hours in the court with Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan arguing for the probe.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi is said to have countered the Bhushans saying anyone can charge anything against the powers-that-be by scribbling names in diaries.
Later speaking to TV, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said this was a black day for the top court of the land and said the judgement was absurd. This is big step back for the Supreme Court, he said. If the court had okayed the investigation, it would have proved if the charges made by these documents were true or not, Bhushan said.