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SC rejects plea for SIT probe against Modi

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The Supreme Court today rejected a plea seeking SIT probe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians, on allegations of receiving money from two business houses, Aditya-Birla Group and Sahara. Dismissing the plea filed by an NGO, the apex court said that there was no conclusive evidence in the matter. The Court passed the order after a detailed hearing.

The Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had earlier in the day told the apex court that there was no credible document or evidence which prove that former Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was paid by the corporate houses. Senior apex court lawyer Prashant Bhushan appearing for the petitioner NGO told the court that there was sufficient evidence to prove that public officials were allegedly paid and probe must be ordered to find out the truth.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy rejected applications moved by NGO Common Cause, which had sought criminal investigations into the alleged recovery of various documents by CBI and Income Tax during raids at offices of Birla and Sahara. These documents purportedly reflected payments to various politicians, including Narendra Modi during his time as Gujarat Chief Minister.

“There has to be some cogent material which is prima facie reliable…in case we do not insist for the same and order investigation, process of law can be misused and no democracy can function if investigation is set in motion against high Constitutional functionaries without cogent material”, noted the bench in its order after a day-long hearing.

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