Pilot demands probe against Gadkari

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 17:46 hrs

Demanding probe against Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president has failed to give proper reply to the corruption allegations levelled against him.

"The important thing is that the way repeated allegations are made against Nitin Gadkari, I do not think the BJP president has been able to give proper reply to them so far," Pilot told reporters on Thursday.

"Allegations have been levelled against Gadkari and he himself said he was ready for the probe," he said.

Demanding a probe into the matter, Pilot said: "The probe should be held at the required time and by the concerned authority. In case there is any malafide involved in it or if there is any omission or commission then law will take its own course."

Pilot said there should be one set of rules to investigate allegations against politicians of different parties.

"There should not be separate parameters for different people," Pilot said.

Pilot made the comments at a time when a discreet Corporate Affairs Ministry probe has begun against Gadkari on his business dealings and his Purti group of companies.

According to media reports quoting sources on Thursday, the probe is being conducted by the Registrar of Companies in Mumbai and Nagpur where the Purti group of companies led by Gadkari are based and registered.

Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily earlier said the Registrar of Companies (RoC) has been asked to send a report on the alleged source of funding of the Purti group of industries, set up by Gadkari in 2001.

Gadkari earlier refuted the charges of using shell companies to fund his business and of receiving investments from contractors in Maharashtra.

Political opponents of the BJP chief had alleged that Gadkari´s Purti group of companies accepted loans and investments from DP Mhaiskar, the founder of the Ideal Road Builders, which are quid pro quo.

Gadkari, denying the charges, told NDTV that he has not done any favours to Ideal Road Builders.

He said, "I can accept equity from anyone, there is nothing wrong. I am friends with Mr Mhaiskar and many contractors are my friends. Purti has losses of Rs 64 crores, Mhaiskar loaned me Rs 165 crores from his company, and I have repaid him Rs 64 crores."

The news channel had earlier reported that the companies that are named as the investors of Gadkari´s company apparently did not exist.

Social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal accused Gadkari of having ties with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra to boost his business interests in Vidarbha region at the cost of poor farmers.

Gadkari opposing the charges said, this is an effort to politically malign him.

He said that his efforts were focused on helping farmers in Vidarbha.

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