Gadkari says never threatened IT officials

Jan 28 2013, 03:50 IST
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SummaryFormer 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.

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”.

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