Sahara papers: Congress asks the PM to practise what he preaches
Congress on Wednesday asked how one part of seized papers was accepted to determine unaccounted income while another part indicating payoffs was rejected as inadmissible?
Just because the court finds evidence against a murder accused insufficient, it does not mean the murder has not been committed, says Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala about the dismissal by the Supreme Court of the petition for an inquiry into the alleged payoffs by Sahara and Birla groups.
Keeping up the pressure on the Prime Minister to come clean, Surjewala said that instead of hiding behind technicalities, the Prime Minister should answer the question whether he took money from the two business groups before the last General Election or not and whether it was accounted for. “It does not require a certificate from a court”, he quipped.
Surjewala pointed out that Congress never went to court seeking a probe. It was the NGO Common Cause and its lawyers Prashant Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan, who did. Bhushan, he said, was “a bitter critic of the Congress and his father was a founding member of the Janata Party and was also the Law Minister in the Janata government, which falsely prosecuted former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.”
The Congress, he said, has been asking the PM to come forward and explain why he is not submitting himself to a probe. But there has been absolute silence and no answer, he pointed out in a statement.
Surjewala wondered how the Income Tax Settlement Commission could be selective and accept a part of the seized documents from Sahara to determine that the Group had concealed an income of ₹1,910 crore while rejecting other seized papers which indicated payoffs to politicians.
- Will the Prime Minister practise what he preaches, asked the Congress spokesman referring to the PM’s avowed ‘ zero tolerance for corruption’ while demanding that the PM submit himself to a probe.
- Hundreds of FIRs have been lodged and investigation initiated by the Government against political opponents on far flimsier grounds. Should the PM not apply the same yardstick to himself, Surjewala asked
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