Over 100 Political Leaders As Recipients, All Across India IN Sahara Diary
By Vamsi Krishna N : 22-Dec-2016
The Sahara Diary, now in the possession of Supreme Court, contains a total of 11 pages with payment entries with names of over 100 political leaders, across the Indian political spectrum, as recipients. The names of the political leaders belong to at least 18 parties including BJP, Congress, JD(U), RJD, SP, NCP, JMM, JVM, TMC, BJD, BKU, Shiv Sena and LJP.
Another two printed pages in the diary contain two lists of a total of 54 politicians’ names. While another two handwritten pages and a printed page repeat some of the names of these politicians. There are another two printed pages in the diary, which lists 62 political candidates contesting for elections.
Another handwritten page contains the payment entries for the year 2010 along with the dates of those entries. The diary also contains another five pages that have a table showing the received details of incoming payments and along with cash expenditure details incurred between 2013 and 2014. And the total amount expended during the 10 months period, according to the entries made in the diary, totaled up to Rs. 100 crore.
Prashanth Bhushan, a senior Supreme Court lawyer has filed a petition charging a cover up has been committed during the IT department raids on the Aditya Birla Group companies in October 2013 and on the Sahara India Group in November 2014. Prashant Bhushan has forwarded his complaint to all the investigating agencies and also to the two retired judges heading the Special Investigating Team on black money, on October 25, 2016.
According to the media sources, the SIT officials have been informed that some of the pages in the Sahara Diary may have been fabricated and that they also have an oath from a Sahara official saying that some payment entries in the diary have been made to ‘fix’ some other company officials.
One of the SIT officials, reportedly said that, “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.”