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Same diaries flagged in PIL, Supreme Court said don’t see ‘smallest’ evidence

Bhushan had relied upon some purported email communications of officers of Aditya Birla and Sahara groups to allege that bribes were paid to the then Gujarat Chief Minister and others.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 22, 2016 5:26 am
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Exactly a week ago, the Supreme Court had cautioned NGO Common Cause against making unsubstantiated allegations against constitutional functionaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying 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 to politicians.

“This is becoming very abnormal for us. What we told you (petitioner)… give us smallest material. We will deal with it. How will a constitutional authority function if you are going to make such allegations? We don’t see even the smallest material to substantiate your accusations,” the bench of Justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra told advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Common Cause, on December 14.


Bhushan had relied upon some purported email communications of officers of Aditya Birla and Sahara groups to allege that bribes were paid to the then Gujarat Chief Minister and others.

But the bench told him: “You are only making aspersions. and aspersions create false perception. How will constitutional functionaries work if such aspersions are cast without any material? We will certainly act but there has to be some material first.”

The Common Cause, which sought a court-monitored probe by a special investigation team, had alleged a “cover-up” following raids conducted by the Income Tax Department against Aditya Birla Group companies in October 2013 and on the Sahara India Group in November 2014.

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  1. K
    Jan 6, 2017 at 4:07 am
    You mean to say that payment details which matches with the ledger entries of an audited company are false? SC is under tremendous pressure because of the administrative delays in judicial appointments. Hope it will get renewed strength in the new year after the revelations made by Indian Express. This is truly journalism of courage.
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      IML sood
      Dec 22, 2016 at 1:31 am
      Yes Vinayak, this dual personality Bhushan has one route open. He should take the help of Pappu and Khujli ( though he was kicked out by him), collect some bogus proofs from them and approach International Court of Justice or UNO. Really shameless creature even after getting rebuke still trying to dodge SC by raising doubts on Judges fairness.
      1. M
        Dec 22, 2016 at 3:28 am
        Bhushan Junior was beaten by a Bhagat Singh sena volunteer in his chamber with shoes for making frivolous allegations.The man is shamelessanddisgraceful.He is like a child lost in some melaandsearching his god father.He was thrown out of Aap party although he and his father has bribed the party by giving hefty denotion.lt;br/gt;He threw mud at Modiji.Now Raol has picked up some of the mud.He has forgotten the unbriddled corruption during congress regime right from 1947 till date.The loot andits awareness has made the congress party defunct.So long papoo is there ,Modiji will have no rival to dethrone the NDA.
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          Dec 22, 2016 at 3:53 am
          Yes Evidences is a must for probing against anyone irrespective of the party or post they hold under the Consution which the Court has rightly pointed out and just mere allegations is not enough to proceed against and the same mistake is being committed by Rahul to gain political mileage and which will be returned in favour by BJP also against the corrupt congress party and thus make the people as fools to go through and read and to sensationalise the news for media coverage !!!
          1. L
            Dec 22, 2016 at 9:24 am
            fews lakhs of new currency and one gets IT raids and crores of ruppes as diary entries and still its too little evidence.
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