National News

Supreme Court dismisses plea asking for probe into Birla-Sahara diaries

The top court had earlier said there was insufficient evidence to make a case against the prime minister.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Wednesday told the Supreme Court there was no evidence to prove that Narendra Modi was paid money by big corporate houses when he was the Gujarat chief minister. Rohatgi, who represented the government in the Birla-Sahara diaries case, argued that if such documents were accepted as legal evidence then no one in the country would be safe, reported ANI.

Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, who had filed the petition, asked the apex court to order an investigation into the matter. He argued that there was evidence to prove that public officials were paid bribes in the case. However, the top court said it was scrutinising the integrity of the diaries and not the I-T Settlement Commission order that granted Sahara immunity from prosecution.

Earlier, the top court had ruled that there was insufficient evidence to make a case against the prime minister. Bhushan had then accused the judge hearing the case of a conflict of interest. According to Bhushan, the papers were also the subject of an institutional cover-up, involving a range of state institutions and agencies.

The Sahara documents include 11 pages of “payment entries”. These list leaders, who allegedly received bribes from the two companies, from parties across the political spectrum – the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Shiv Sena and Lok Janshakti Party.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that Modi was linked to the Sahara diaries scandal. On December 21, Gandhi said that documents seized by tax officials during raids proved that Modi had taken bribes from the Sahara and Birla groups when he was chief minister of Gujarat. “We want a probe into Sahara-Birla diaries. Let there be an inquiry,” party spokesperson Tom Vadakkan had said.

However, Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, whose name also features in that list, had rejected all allegations. “It is all hearsay. There is no iota of truth in the allegations,” she had said.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content  BY 

These GIFs show you what it means to miss breakfast

That monstrous roar is your empty stomach.

Let’s take a glance at your every day morning routine. You crawl out of bed, go for a quick shower, pull out and wear your neatly ironed clothes at the speed of light and then rush out of the house, making sure you have your keys and wallet in place.

Giphy
Giphy

You walk into office, relieved because you have made it to work on time. Stifling yawns and checking emails, you wonder how your colleagues are charged up and buzzing with energy. “What is wrong with these people” you mumble to yourself.

Giphy
Giphy

Slowly, you start to change. You start snapping at colleagues and start arguing with your computer. You take out your frustration on anything or anyone in sight.

To add to the aggressive behaviour, you’ve completely lost your focus. After some time, you simply forget what you were doing.

Giphy
Giphy

Unable to bear the hunger pangs, you go for a mid-morning snack. It is only when a colleague asks you for a bite do you realize that you have developed into a fully formed, hunger fueled, monster. Try not to look at yourself in the mirror.

Giphy
Giphy

If only you had spared not even twenty or ten but just 5 minutes in the morning and not skipped breakfast, your story would look completely different - as you will see in this video.

Play

The fast dip in your mood and lack of focus is because your body has missed its most important meal of the day – breakfast. Research has shown that skipping a meal, especially in the morning, worsens the mood because there is a drop in the blood sugar. This in turn affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemicals produced in the brain that control our moods and feelings. In simpler English, not having breakfast is going to make you really cranky and confused!

Morning is also when the body needs maximum nutrition to function efficiently through the day as you’ve just woken up from a full 7 hours of no food (and if you’re sleeping less than that, that’s a whole other article).

So in short, having a breakfast could make you go from looking like the earlier GIFs to this:

Giphy
Giphy

But with changing lifestyles and most people hard pressed for time, a healthy breakfast is taking the backseat. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. MTR has come up with a range of widely loved Indian delicacies like Poha, Upma and Halwa which can be made in (hold you breath) just 3 minutes! All you have to do is add hot water and wait for 3 minutes to get a delicious and filling breakfast.

Giphy
Giphy

These amazing and delicious breakfasts can be made in a jiffy and consumed with the least hassle, even in the midst of your frenetic morning routine. So grab your #MTRbreakfastin3 to start the day on an awesome note.

Click here to make breakfast a part of your morning routine.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of MTR and not by the Scroll editorial team.