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.