New Delhi, January 5: The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is allegedly attempting to scuttle inquiries against himself and this proves that he took bribes from Sahara.
“Not Sahara but Modi ji who gets immunity. He recd bribes from Sahara. Modiji scuttling all enquiries against him. Proves he took bribes,” Kejriwal said in a tweet on Thursday.
“Shocking. Modi ji misuses CBI to frame his political opponents but gets himself immunity without any investigation,” Kejriwal said in another tweet.
He was referring to the report of The Indian Express on how the Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC) in one of its orders granted Sahara India immunity from prosecution and penalty after November, 2014 raids threw up ‘diaries’ listing alleged payoffs to politicians.
The Delhi CM and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been alleging that PM Modi received payoffs from Sahara when he was serving as the Gujarat Chief Minister. Meanwhile, BJP has been dismissing the claims.
The Sahara ‘diaries’ had listed alleged payoffs to over 100 politicians across 14 political parties, including former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, who questioned the authenticity of the papers.
As per The Indian Express report, ITSC agreed with the Sahara's claims that the "diaries" recovered during the raids were not authentic enough and could not be proved by the IT department.
ITSC had earlier rejected the application filed by Sahar but re-admitted it on September 5 last year. In a first, ITSC passed an order in less than 10-12 months which usually takes 18 months to do so.
"The final ITSC order, that came just after three hearings, stated only Rs 137.58 crore seized during the November, 2014 raids will be taxed, which the company can pay in 12 installments," the report mentioned.