More Than 100 Politicians Enlisted In Sahara’s Diary For Illegal Rs 100 Crore Transactions Between 2013-2014

Written By : Saicharan Palakurthi

The crucial documents featured Sahara diary, which is now in the Supreme Court has precisely 11 pages of alleged payment entries that have more than names of 100 leaders across the political spectrum as recipients.

The various political convicts include those from at least 18 parties including BJP, Congress, JD(U), RJD, SP, NCP, JMM, JVM, TMC, BJD, BKU, Shiv Sena and LJP. Meanwhile, two lists of names of politicians are mentioned in the two printed pages that again makes about 54 names.

According to the sources, the two handwritten pages and another printed page with some jottings have a lot of names in common. And the another two printed pages list 62 candidates contesting elections.

The payment dates of 2010 were mentioned in one handwritten page. There is an another set of five pages entitled “received details where the incoming payments are placed in a tabular form with cash expenditure details dated between 2013 and 2014.

According to the provided statistics, the total outflow of funds during the 10 months has summed up to Rs 100 crore.

Prashant Bhushan, a Senior Supreme Court lawyer filed a petition in the apex court alleging a ‘cover-up’ following raids conducted by the Income Tax Department against Aditya Birla Group companies in October 2013 and on the Sahara India Group in November 2014.

Following the filing of cases, on October 25, 2016, Bhushan sent his complaints to all the investigating agencies and the two retired judges heading the Special Investigating Team on black money.

Sources claim that the officials in the SIT are been informed that some of the Sahara diary pages and entries could be “fabricated” and that they have a statement on oath from a Sahara official that he had made the payment entries to put other company officials in a “fix.”

When questioned about any intervention from their side on allegations of a cover-up, a SIT official said:

“We have been informed that while the Birla case is going through the usual course of assessment and appeal, part of the documents recovered during the raid on Sahara India could have been fabricated. In any case, this is not in our jurisdiction and thus we have not made any fresh intervention.”

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