PATNA -- Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has backed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's assertion that corporates paid crores as bribes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2013-14 and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the same.
Lalu told ANI that Prime Minister Modi, who is now completely trapped, owes an explanation to the nation.
"Rahul Gandhi has alleged Aditya Birla and Sahara Group had given ₹40 crores to Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister is completely trapped and now he will have to give an explanation. If any BJP spokesperson comes up with justification on his behalf then that would be unfair," he added.
The RJD chief further stated that the Congress vice-president wouldn't have made such allegations against the Prime Minister without any proof.
"Without proof, Rahul Gandhi won't say this...or any leader won't accuse the Prime Minister of this. It proves that the Prime Minister was involved in corruption. I demand a Supreme Court-monitored probe in this regard," he added.
Speaking in Gujarat's Mehsana on Wednesday, Gandhi alleged that in the records with the Income Tax, there were nothings of Sahara officials' claims that they paid Prime Minister Modi nine times between October 2013 and February 2014 and that the total amount was ₹40 crore.
He also alleged that according to documents with the IT department, the Birla Group too paid ₹12 crore to the Prime Minister.
Seeking an independent inquiry, Gandhi said that he was raising the issue "on behalf of the country".
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