The apex court, while dismissing the plea filed by an NGO, said there was no conclusive evidence in it.
“If we were to order investigation on the basis of material with no evidentiary value, it would be difficult for constitutional functionaries to function, which would not be safe for the democracy,” the apex court observed.
“Given the shape in which these documents have been collected and filed, we are of the opinion that it would not be safe and proper to order investigation”, the court said in its order.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that there was no credible evidence to prove that Modi had been paid off by Sahara.
“Nobody in the country would be safe if such documents are accepted as legal evidence. Anyone can put the name of anybody on such papers,” Rohatgi told the court.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, on behalf of ‘Common Cause’, had filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking a court- monitored SIT investigation into the raids on the business house of Birla and Sahara after which bribery allegations were made against Narendra Modi and other politicians.