New Delhi, Dec 21 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into corruption charges against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader also asked Modi to step down until he was cleared of the charges — like veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani did in the 1990s.
Kejriwal addressed the media shortly after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi told a public rally in Gujarat that Modi took huge bribes from two corporate houses when he was the Chief Minister of the state.
Kejriwal said he exposed the bribery in the Delhi Assembly on November 15 this year and had since been doing so at one public rally after another across the country.
He said the Supreme Court should take suo moto cognizance of the matter and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) with all powers to probe the charges against Modi.
Flashing what he claimed were Income Tax department papers, including four volumes of an Appraisal Report, Kejriwal said one of the corporate houses paid Modi Rs 40 crore in instalments.
Documents seized in the premises of another corporate house showed that a part of a Rs 25 crore bribe was given to Modi. he said.
After Gandhi’s Gujarat speech, the BJP denied the allegation hurled at Modi, saying the Prime Minister was “as pure as the Ganga” river.
Kejriwal also chided Gandhi for taking so long to take up an issue he had been flagging for months. “Rahul Gandhi had no choice but to do it,” the AAP leader said.