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SC dismisses petition seeking probe into Sahara diaries

11 Jan 2017 | By NewsBytes Desk
Rahul Gandhi cornered by the government

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking a CBI probe into the Sahara-Birla diaries, saying there was no case to be made.

The court argued that diary entries could not be permissible as evidence and that independent evidence would be required for a probe to be ordered.

The Attorney General of India welcomed the decision on behalf of the Centre.

In context: Rahul Gandhi cornered by the government

BackgroundRahul Gandhi accuses PM Modi of corruption

Rahul Gandhi made serious accusations against PM Modi earlier today.

He claimed that he had detailed information about "personal corruption" by the PM.

He said he wanted to present this in the Lok Sabha but was not being allowed to do so by the government.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said that if Gandhi had proof, what was stopping him from revealing information outside Parliament?

Gandhi supported by opposition parties

Rahul Gandhi made these allegations against PM Modi in a press conference which appeared to be strongly supported by opposition parties. Several parties from the opposition were present at the press conference including parties like TMC, NCP and the Left.

14 Dec 2016Government demands apology from Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi's allegations of corruption against PM Modi created an uproar among members of the ruling dispensation.

Gandhi's allegations were dismissed by senior BJP leaders as being "baseless".

Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ananth Kumar, said Gandhi made these accusations out of "desperation".

Kumar also accused the opposition parties for not letting the house function and blaming others for the ruckus.

Prakash Javadekar mocks opposition

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "They (opposition leaders) are completely exposed now. The stings show they are demanding huge commission to convert black money into white. While we are busy in changing the face of the country, they are busy in changing notes."

21 Dec 2016Modi received kickbacks from Sahara: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused PM Modi of accepting kickbacks from the Sahara group of companies as Gujarat Chief Minister.

He also said that the Income Tax department has records of all the 9 payments made by Sahara to Prime Minister.

Ironically, on 25th November, 2016, the SC had already ruled that no investigation could be ordered based on the aforementioned reports.

Others involved in corruption

The same papers Rahul Gandhi quoted to accuse Prime Minister of Modi also name erstwhile Rajya Sabha member Jayanthi Natarajan and Ex-Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit.

26 Dec 2016Sahara Diaries documents puts Sheila Dixit in a fix

The Congress posted a list linked to the Sahara bribery case on Twitter in which a reference to its leader Sheila Dikshit also allegedly figured; Dikshit junked the list saying there was no truth in the allegations.

The list was meant to bolster the Congress's allegations of corruption in the PMO.

The BJP rejected the revelation saying the SC had already cleared the matter.

11 Jan 2017SC dismisses petition seeking probe into Sahara diaries

25 Feb 2017Political storm after Dikshit's "Rahul still immature" comment

Congress leader Sheila Dikshit said Rahul Gandhi "is still not mature", pushing the party into damage control mode. Party veteran Harikesh Bahadur followed by saying the Gandhi scion's preparedness should be debated.

BJP president Amit Shah and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took the opportunity, asking why Congress was "thrusting him on UP".

Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza asked Dikshit to clarify. Dikshit later tweeted #DontTwistMyWords.