By Rifat Jawaid
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday shook the corridors of power in the national capital with his sensational allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had accepted crores of black money in bribe during his time as Gujarat chief minister.
Speaking during an emergency session of the Delhi assembly, Kejriwal said, “This is for the first time in independent India that a prime minister’s name has cropped up in the list of black money.”
Among the documents presented by Kejriwal to substantiate his allegations were the appraisal report of the Income Tax authorities, who had conducted raids at the offices of Aditya Birla Group and Sahara Group in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
According to the appraisal report, Aditya Birla Group had allegedly paid Modi a bribe of Rs 25 crore.
He said, “The Aditya Birla group was raided in October 2013. Income Tax department picks up all the documents… Shubhendu Amitabh was group executive of Birla group… his laptop, Blackberry was checked. One entry was found that stated Gujarat CM Rs 25 crore. Gujarat ke CM ke aage 25 crore and (in) brackets it was written that ‘12 done’ and rest? Gujarat CM kaun the us time…Narendra Modi ji 2012 mein (Who was the Gujarat CM that time, Narendra Modi).”
Meanwhile, renowned Supreme Court lawyer and the head of Swaraj Abhiyan, Prashant Bhushan, too moved the Supreme Court with an application in the apex court alleging a “cover-up” in the wake of raids conducted by the Income Tax Department against Aditya Birla Group companies in October 2013 and on the Sahara India Group premises in November 2014.
On 25 October, Bhushan sent his complaint to all investigating agencies including the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and the two retired judges heading the Special Investigating Team on black money.
Bhushan told Janta Ka Reporter that the details emerging out of the appraisal report on the raids at Sahara Group was far more incriminating against Modi and his party than what the tax authorities discovered during their raids against the Aditya Birla Group.
Documents accessed by Janta Ka Reporter found entries of several payments made to one ‘Modi ji’ and ‘CM Gujarat’ running in crores at several places in the appraisal report. (See images below).
On page 89, the report mentions at least eight payments made to ‘Modi ji’ in Ahmedabad via one Sahara employee, ‘Jaiswal ji.’
These payments, totalling Rs 40.10 crore, were made to ‘Modi ji’ by ‘Jaiswal ji’ between 30 October 2013 and 21 February 2014. By then Modi was already the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and had launched the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.
On the same page, there are entries of others significant payments made to ‘CM MP,’ ‘CM Chhattisgarh’ and ‘CM Delhi.’
‘CM MP’ was paid Rs 10 crore in two installments through one ‘Neeraj Vashisht’ while payment of Rs 4 crore to ‘CM Chhattisgarh’ was made by ‘Nandi ji.’
‘CM Delhi’ received Rs 1 crore by same ‘Jaiswal’ who had made payment of Rs 40.1 crore to ‘Modi ji’ and ‘CM Gujarat’ on 23 September 2013.
On page 90 of the report, a list of similar payments are outlined, but here ‘Modi ji’ is stated as ‘CM Gujarat’ while the person, who made these payments remained ‘Jaiswal ji.’
On Page 91, other names include one ‘Shaina ji NC,’ who was paid through ‘Uday Ji.’ ‘Ms Shaina NC ji’ is stated to have been paid Rs 4 crore. According to the documents, ‘Shaina ji NC’ was paid Rs 4 crore in four installment between 28 August 2013 and 20 January 2014.
Page 92 has the list of several names, who are yet to be paid their promised amount. The sheet also has a line, which says, ‘Shania NC/Chief of BJP- ask her to help from A.(Advocate) General to withdrawal(close) Bombay case.’
Bhushan said that a senior Income Tax Department official called KB Chowdary was heading the investigation into the payment of black money to ‘Modi Ji’ and other recipients.
He said, “Same Chowdary was appointed to head the Chief Vigiliance Commission, a body that is expected to keep an eye even on the functioning of the CBI. I was informed that he was appointed for this post only because he helped the government to hush up the documents obtained from raids at the offices of Birla and Sahara. This is what prompted me to write to investigating agencies and the Supreme Court.”
All documents accessed by Janta Ka Reporter have four signatures, two being of the witnesses, one IT officer and the last being of the representative of the company, whose premises have been raided.
Janta Ka Reporter tried to reach out to BJP spokespersons, Congress leaders and Shaina NC. All refused to comment. We will update the story as and when we we receive their reactions.