Income Tax officials grill Gadkari

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 02:57 hrs

Nagur: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday was questioned by Income Tax (I-T) Department officials over the alleged dubious investments in the Purti group of companies.

The leader of the right-wing Hindu nationalist party was quizzed for over four hours by Geetha Ravichandran, Director of I-T (Investigations) at the I-T office in central Nagpur's Sadar area, media reports said.

Gadkari had earlier submitted a 25-page document in reply to questions by the I-T department regarding his personal transactions and investments related to the Purti group of companies and others.

Earlier this month income tax officials visited eight locations in Mumbai linked to 24 different firms that invested in or did business with the Purti Group.

The BJP leader who denies any wrongdoing had last week appeared to warn I-T officials saying that they will have no one to protect them once his party comes to power.

He said the officials should realise that Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram will not protect them.

Gadkari on Jan 22 had resigned from the post of BJP president amid increasing grumblings against his second term.

Subject of an anti-graft investigation that has buoyed back into national headlines over the past few days, Gadkari said that he was stepping aside since there was no consensus on his name for the top post.

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