The Supreme Court today rejected a probe into the Sahara-Birla diaries, which Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has used to allege that Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted kickbacks from corporate houses during his time as Gujarat Chief Minister.
The purported diaries were recovered from the business house following raids conducted in November 2014 listing the alleged pay-offs to politicians.
The Supreme Court decision deflates Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's warnings late last year that he would cause an "earthquake" by unveiling proof that Modi was corrupt.
Gandhi had said: "It is on the records of the Income Tax department that Modi received money from the Sahara Group nine times in six months (in 2013-14)."
The apex court, while dismissing the plea, said there was no conclusive evidence in it.
"If we were to order investigation on the basis of material with no evidentiary value, it would be difficult for constitutional functionaries to function, which would not be safe for the democracy,” the court observed.
"Given the shape in which these documents have been collected and filed, we are of the opinion that it would not be safe and proper to order investigation”, the court said in its order while weighing the evidence placed before it in the context of earlier judgments of the apex court, including that of the Constitution Bench.
‘Common Cause’, an NGO, had filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking a court- monitored SIT investigation into the raids on two business houses in 2013-14 after which bribery allegations were made against politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, the government's top lawyer, told the court that there was no credible evidence to prove that Modi had been paid off.
"Nobody in the country would be safe if such documents are accepted as legal evidence. Anyone can put the name of anybody on such papers," Rohatgi told the court.
In November, too, the Supreme Court refused to order a probe in the case, and called the documents produced by Bhushan as "fictitious" and "not authentic" . Last week, Bhushan submitted income tax appraisal reports to try and substantiate allegations and persuade the court to order a thorough probe.