In a breather for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea for probing alleged payoffs by the Birla-Sahara group when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister.
The PIL was filed by ‘Common Cause’ and ‘Swaraj Abhiyan’, the political party headed by Yogendra Yadav.
The apex court said that the documents placed by Prashant Bhushan in Birla-Sahara case were also not credible enough to direct a probe against PM and others.
The Income Tax Settlement Commission has also found prima-facie evidence that material recovered from Sahara was fabricated, the court added.
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 had not made much headway in the Supreme Court.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS.)