I-T officials search 11 firms linked to Gadkari

Jan 23, 2013, 06:59 IST | Akela

Equipped with information it gathered, the Nagpur division of the Income Tax (I-T) department and its Mumbai counterparts carried out joint search operations on the premises of 11 companies in the city on Tuesday, allegedly connected to BJP president Nitin Gadkari

The officials allege that the companies they raided are intermediate ones, which had funded or invested in the Purti Group, which is owned by Gadkari. Over two-dozen officials were involved in the search operation at the 11 companies, most of which have offices in suburban Mumbai.

BJP leader LK Advani with Nitin Gadkari at the 30th anniversary of the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a centre for training elected representatives, in Bhayander yesterday. Pic/Nimesh Dave

In October last year, the Nagpur I-T officials initiated action after allegations broke that Purti Group received money through the shell companies, and that Gadkari had favoured a private company when he was a minister in the state between 1996 and 1999.

A top I-T official in Mumbai told MiD DAY that the searches were based on the information gathered by the Nagpur division. According to I-T officials, most of the directors of these companies were persons with small means, such as security guards and casual workers. “We are only assisting the Nagpur officials on request. They are also interrogating directors of these companies and searches are still on,” said a top I-T official on condition of anonymity. 

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