Gadkari says never threatened IT officials

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 28 2013, 09:20am hrs
Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari denied he had threatened income-tax authorities, but insisted that the raids conducted on some companies allegedly associated with his Purti Group were a part of a conspiracy to malign him.

I never threatened the IT department or its officials. I have full faith in the professional integrity of the department. Unfortunately, my public statements have been distorted and misinterpreted, Gadkari said in a statement.

He said there was a conspiracy behind the raids. ...I have reasons to believe that unnecessary dragging my name in the context of these inquiries is part of a conspiracy to defame me and my party. The deliberate move, he added, to link me and members of my family... is calculated, mischievous and politically motivated to damage my reputation.