Agencies, Mumbai Former BJP national president Nitin Gadkari today clarified that he has absolutely no ill will against the Income Tax department and its officials engaged in open inquiries in the affairs of the companies which are alleged to have invested in the Purti Group.
He made the clarification a few days after his veiled threats to the IT department or its officials, after he demitted office of the BJP president. “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,” he said.
The IT department and its officials are free to conduct any independent inquiry in response to complaints received against any company or individuals, he said. “I wish to further clarify that neither me nor any member of my family have anything to do with the companies against whom these open inquires are being conducted. These are not Purti Group companies.
But I have reasons to believe that unnecessary dragging my name in the context of these inquires is part of a conspiracy to defame me and my party,” Mr Gadkari said. “The deliberate move to link me and members of my family in connection with these open inquiries against some companies and the misleading briefings to the media in this regard is calculated, mischievous and politically motivated to damage my reputation,” he further said. “While exposing the sinister game plan of the UPA government to influence these open inquires and mislead the media, I had only urged the IT department and its officials to remain impartial and not get influenced by the dictates of their political bosses,” the BJP leader said.
“I reiterate that neither me nor any member of my family have anything to do with the companies against whom these open inquires have been going on and also that these are not Purti Group companies,” he added.