By PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA | 18 November 2016
The documents, which have been doing the rounds in New Delhi for the last few months, suggest that during his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat, Modi—along with a number of important politicians—was paid large amounts of cash by individuals associated with Subrata Roy, the founder-chairman of the Sahara India Group.
These documents also suggest that the recipients of such favours included, among others: Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh; Raman Singh, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh; Shaina NC, the treasurer for the Bharatiya Janata party in Maharashtra and; Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi.
After documents are seized by income tax officials during a raid, these are examined and evaluated by a different officer who then prepares a detailed "appraisal report" outlining the possible future course of action. According to a report by Ritu Sarin and Pragya Kaushika, published in the Indian Express on 16 November, a voluminous appraisal report running into "thousands of pages" on the papers pertaining to Sahara has been prepared and is being looked into by an assessment officer.