New Delhi, November 25: In a blow to opposition parties, the Supreme Court today rejected the plea for a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The plea alleged that two companies paid Rs 65 crore to him ahead of the landmark 2014 Lok Sabha poll. The companies that were deemed to be involved in the scam included Sahara group and Aditya Birla group. Also Read - SC Rejects Chanda Kochhar’s Appeal Against HC Order Dismissing Her Plea Over Termination
The petitioner claimed that just a few days before the demonetisation scheme was announced, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bought land worth crores of rupees. According to reports, several land pieces were bought by the BJP in Bihar up to the first week of November. Shockingly some of the land was bought on behalf of the BJP President, Amit Shah. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Are Autos, Taxis Going Off Roads In National Capital? Autorickshaw Union Clears Doubts
According to the Supreme Court, the proof provided was subpar. The proof provided to the Supreme Court included computer generated copies of the purchase. They dcquired when the two companies were raided. The SC bench comprising of Justices JS Khehar and Arun Mishra commnted on the proof provided and said, “The entire world can be roped in” if action was to be taken on such material.Any unscrupulous person could make such computer entries,” Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Voting Underway In 2nd Phase of DDC Polls Amid Tight Security
Though the information was relayed by the Supreme Court to senior counsel Shanti Bhushan who argued for the petitioner. The plea was initiated by the NGO Common Cause. However, the Supreme Court has allowed the petitioner time till December 14 to provide better proof.
The proof provided that land was bought in several cities such as Madhubani, Katihar, Madhepura, Lakhisarai, Kishanganj and Arwal. Further, its value ranged between Rs 8 lakh to Rs 1.16 crore.