The preliminary enquiry report of the Income Tax department, Mumbai has revealed some irregularities in the investment pattern of BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s Purti Limited.

According to this preliminary report, the I-T department recorded statement of 13 people in Mumbai of the alleged “shell companies” associated with the Purti Limited.

“All the companies have been found to be shell companies,” says the report adding that all these companies were not involved in any genuine business and monetary transactions.

Ownership of these shell companies was taken over by other people, including some of those who were close aides of Nitin Gadkari, reliable sources from the I-T department said.

The report mentions one instance of Mr. Shivam Sharma whose statement has been recorded.

Mr.Sharma became director in 17 companies since July 2012, but he doesn't even remember names of all the 17 companies.

Sources confirmed that this preliminary report has been sent to Nagpur and Pune.

The Nagpur section of I-T will continue with the probe. Once Nagpur and Kolkata wings of I-T completes the probe, a detailed report would be sent to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).