PM took Rs 65 cr corporate bribes, allege Gandhi, Kejriwal; BJP denies

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Untitled-1Demanding an independent inquiry, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has accused PM Narendra Modi, during his regime as Gujarat’s CM, has taken kickbacks worth Rs 65 crore from corporate houses.

Denying the allegation, the BJP said it was to divert attention from the AgustaWestland probe in which the names of Congress leaders and and 10, Janpath might come up.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the charges, while the Congress wanted a thorough probe.

Addressing a public rally in Mehsana, Modi’s home district, the Congress Vice-President said, “Everything is on records of Income Tax department. Modi received money from the Sahara Group nine times in six months (in 2013-14).”

Rolling out dates when Modi allegedly received money (Rs 5 crore seven times and Rs 2.5 crore twice) from the Sahara Group, Gandhi alleged the I-T department has this record and has also recommended an inquiry.

Gandhi said, “The PM must come clean on this. It is time to speak out the truth.”

He said, “The kickbacks tumbled out after the Sahara Group was raided on November 22, 2014. That was when they seized some documents, which spoke of the charges.”

Kejriwal too has been making similar noises at public rallies and demanding a SC-monitored probe into the charges.

He also asked the PM to resign until he was cleared of the charges—what veteran BJP leader LK Advani had in 1996 after being linked to a Hawala scandal.

Kejriwal said he was the first to expose the charge on November 15 this year and was continuously doing at various public meetings. The SC must set up a fully independent SIT with all powers to probe the charges against Modi, he added.

Holding what he claimed were I-T department papers, including an Appraisal Report, Kejriwal said a corporate house had paid as much as Rs 40 crore and an instalment of Rs 25 crore. Instead of fighting corruption, “Modi turned out to be more corrupt than the grand old party,” he said.