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Supreme Court Dismisses PIL Seeking Probe Into Sahara-Birla Diaries


First published: January 11, 2017, 4:14 PM IST | Updated: 5 mins ago

A file image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the PIL seeking a thorough probe into the Sahara-Birla papers that had named a list of political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The PIL was filed by Common Cause and Swaraj Abhiyan.

A case pertaining to the Sahara and Birla diaries filed by Prashant Bhushan is already pending before the Supreme Court seeking a SIT probe into the evidence gathered against the two corporate groups regarding “bribing of politicians”.

The bench hearing the petition had said that it would not order an inquiry on the basis of Income Tax papers relating to raids at Aditya Birla Group and Sahara companies unless there was credible material to suggest illegal payoffs.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused Narendra Modi of taking kickbacks from two business groups when he was Gujarat chief minister, citing records from a case which has not made much headway in the Supreme Court.