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Probe Gadkari's companies, Digvijay writes to Manmohan

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari. File photo
BJP president Nitin Gadkari. File photo

Registrars of Companies will inquire into charges, says Moily

Having been at the receiving end, for several months, of charges of corruption and misgovernance, the Congress on Tuesday sought to turn the tables on the BJP, targeting its president Nitin Gadkari.

The Congress seized the opportunity provided by anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal, who last week alleged irregularities in the companies run by Mr. Gadkari. Party general secretary Digvijay Singh wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking a probe into the affairs of the companies.

Union Minister for Corporate Affairs M. Veerappa Moily added to Mr. Gadkari’s discomfiture, saying the Registrars of Companies would “definitely inquire” into the charges.

However, the Congress leader chose not to give credit to Mr. Kejriwal, who has given the party leadership several sleepless nights, invoking instead the NDTV reports on the companies owned by Mr. Gadkari to justify his demand for a probe.

The Congress’ strident attack could not have come at a more inopportune time for Mr. Gadkari, who is battling a revolt by the former Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, factionalism in the election-bound Himachal Pradesh and barbs from the maverick MP, Ram Jethmalani, who demanded his resignation, arguing that the party, which had the fight against corruption as its main flank, could not afford to have a tainted leader at the top.

In his letter to Dr. Singh, Mr. Digvijay Singh wrote: “[Mr.] Gadkari has also said he is open to a free and fair investigation. [He] being the national president of the BJP, it is in the fitness of things that his case is properly investigated and he gets a fair opportunity to prove his innocence and clear his name.”

He urged the Prime Minister to ask the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to institute an inquiry by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, saying that, “a prima facie case does exist.”

Mr. Moily said that he had asked his Ministry to make “some discreet inquiry” to find out whether there was any violation of the Companies Act.

Government prejudiced: BJP

The BJP hit back at the government, saying it was prejudiced and selective in its approach to probing corruption allegations.

Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that while the party endorsed Mr. Gadkari’s stand that he was open to any investigation, it wanted to know from the Congress why it was running away from probing the allegations against Ministers, the former Union Minister, Virbhadra Singh, and Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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Were the so-called NDTV expose of Gadkari and Mr Kejriwal's presentation
any different?
The why is it that allegations against Salman Khurshid by Mr Kejriwal
were rubbished by the very same govt which sees a prima facie case
against Gadkari on, prima facie, the same level of evidence?
And whatever about Robert Vadra who is a de-facto member of the govt?

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 15:05 IST

Now relief to Congress to turn the table on BJP. Shameless party.. thousands of probes pending on their own backyard and they want this individual case of BJP to be probed. Don't worry, we have general elections to throw them out.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 02:01 IST

We all welcome the letter written by Mr. Singh to MMS requesting him to have a probe triggered against Mr. Gadkari.
But it is well know to every one that it can’t be called a (Welcome) step to “Fight against corruption”, because the sole motive of this letter is to find fresh mud to use whenever any allegation of corruption against his party is made, other wise he would have requested for similar kind of probe against Vadra-DLF deal which is of higher magnitude, as far as corporate-political liaison or amount is concerned.

from:  Vishal Shukla
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 11:17 IST

Its time for the UPA to turn the table on to the BJP. This is really sad for a country like India, with second largest population and almost 70% living in Rural areas. Mud-Slinging has reached its zenith and the expectations of aam aadmi is nadir. Rather than pointing at one another why don't our politicians come together and serve the needy population. Are they at the top to fight with each other or serve the 150 crore population. Really very bad and very sad !! No party seems to be appropriate at the top !!

Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 11:10 IST

Politicians of all ilk,currently, seem to have the common trait of dishonesty by coveting wealth at the cost of ordinary people in the street. The vocation is seen as a place to get in and make money for themselves, their relatives and friends. The political class seem to scratch each others back and continue by not upsetting the applecart and taking turns to do the same. The good old days of honest politicians seem to be over in the country and the current aspirants to the job seem to be of low ethics and morals with an express view of amassing wealth at any cost while the country is bled white. Unless a new crop of politicians with real passion and a sense of commitment to the country,its people and a mind to self sacrifice, don't come forward, the country will be going to the dogs!

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 10:52 IST

Kudo's to Kejriwal, if not for him this story would not have unfolded, Gadkari story goes on to prove what BJP truly is, its just another formation of corrupt men with a distinct communal character, 2014 will be a watershed year in Indian democracy, god willing we will banish these traitors from the face of our country.

from:  xaviersurender
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 10:39 IST

"some discreet inquiry" sounds like a preliminary inquiry to ensure no Congress links are found. It is interesting to see how long the "aam aadmi" will only wait and watch when it becomes evident that their alternative to a very corrupt Government is a corrupt - current opposition party.

from:  Pranay
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 09:58 IST

Many TV channels and the print media have, since long been raising the
issue of scams in the UPA regime. The Government preferred to remain
in a denial mode. In the case of Gadkari, these TV Channels too had
to wait for the TV interview of Arvind Kejriwal and then followed it
up.Now the Government has got an opportunity to hit back at BJP -
courtesy Kejriwal &Co. Has any in Kejriwal's camp solicited credit
for this expose that too from the Congress party whose credibility is
well known even to new born child? The reason behind not bringing
Kejriwal in the picture in the case of the BJP President is that the
same Arvind Kejriwal exposed Robert Vadra - DLF combo deals and the
Trust controlled by Mrs.Salman Khurshid and Mr. Khurshid ,on which the
Government is still seen as reluctant to initiate the next logical
step.Surely, the congress party controlled government is in a catch 22
situation. Let us see how the elephant comes out of its struggle with
the ant?

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 09:18 IST

Good.but let there be a probe on allegations of others also lest it amounts to misuse of
power. All the looters , whichever party they belong to should be booked and their property

from:  Gururaj
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 09:02 IST

Under what authority the congress spoks person expects the PM to probe Opp party president? First he should have guts to ask PM to probe all other frauds OF THEIR OWN PARTYMEN reported by the IAC team and PM should have skin to do so.
No doubt every fraud reported , may it be of ruling party member or opp party member, should be probed and the guilty should be exposed and punished.That should happen when a clean common man demands justice, not when a biased character like Diggi wants it .

from:  S P GIRI
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 07:52 IST

It is true that misfortune never comes alone.

What Brand of hair dye is Gadkari using?

from:  Mani Iyer
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 07:47 IST

Caught in the glare of ‘public scrutiny’ for the first time since
Independence. all the political parties and their henchmen (paid
advisers and court jesters; some journalists, professionals and
academicians – so called ‘neutral wise men with apparently no axe to
grind) are trying to be too clever by half!
They are all startled that the public (hitherto too divided, selfish,
if not downright starving morons) are daring to raise their voice
against the political royals; sections of the media faithfully
complaint so far are beginning to bark (if not bite, just yet); one or
two democratic institutions, even though strictly house-trained, are
snapping at the heels; and even some in the judiciary and top
bureaucracy have the nerve to whine!
Some political parties are now trying to impose their ‘code of honour
of not snitching on each other’! But is there such a notion as honour
amongst thieves?
The real question is: WHEN (not if) will the few honest politicians
read the writing on the wall?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 07:05 IST

A note to all the corrupt politicians : Please sit back and think for a
few minutes - what are you going to do with all the billions of rupees
when there are people struggling even to earn their food everywhere
nearby you? You cant even use the money for anything as most of it is
stashed away in banks somewhere. Have a limit to your corruption and try
to do something better in your life.

from:  Pradip
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 07:01 IST

It is good that Mr Moily has ordered a discreet inquiry into the affairs of Mr Gadkari
run companies. After all Mr Gadkari is not an ordinary citizen! At the same time, the
congress leadership decided to shut up the voices raised against the affairs of
enterprises being run by Mr Vadra and his other land dealings. At least Mr Gadkari
deserves appreciation for his guts to offer himself for a probe into the allegations
levelled against him.

from:  SR Sankaran
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 05:43 IST

All credit to the IAC - both the parties, Congress & BJP - there is now
no way out!! if Mr.Gadkari is probed so must Mr.Vadra / Mr.Virbhadur. i
think it is IAC team who have played their cards well ( and truly so) so
that both the elephants ( major parties)fight it out while it is the ant
(IAC)gaining maximum from this episode!! SO don't write IAC off!! They
can be more devastating.

from:  suresh
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 05:00 IST

Why dont the congress start probing the allegations of serious corruption charges of its own leaders first, a lot of skeletons will come out of the closet and then if any leader still remains spotless they can start probing Gadkari or Kejriwal.

from:  Varun
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 03:36 IST

Digvijay Singh has again landed the Government in an unenviable position. ANy probe of Gadkari's businesses will demand a probe of equal measeure in Vadra's financial affairs. Digviay shot himself in the foot by raising the 'ethics' issue.

He is becoming a liability to the party and the Government. Why can't they give him Governor's post and shut him up.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 03:31 IST

For the Congress party any accusation of corruption which Mr.Kejriwal makes about a
BJP leader is gospel truth while what he says about the corrupt practices of any
member of the Congress party is totally false. No wonder that Mr.Digvijay Singh is
the main voice of the party on such matters!

from:  K. Vijayakumar
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 01:06 IST

There is a saying in Urdu which roughly means that every one is naked in this bathroom. But the shame is that those who claimed to stand on the high pedestal of morality, religiosity and patriotism and sacrificed others who were not like them on the bases of these claims are also no exception to this nudity.

from:  Dr. Basheer Ahmed Khan
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 01:05 IST

I like it. I love it that now both the parties are working in tandem to clear the system of corrupt ministers. I just pray that the Judicial System be righteous enough to punish the corrupt politician whosover and however powerful he/she may be.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Oct 23, 2012 at 23:33 IST

Digvijay is lost his cool.... He don't have any work and wants to be media limelight. PEople could have appreciated if He asked PM to probing on Ghadkri companies and Vadhra companies. People know he is political Camouflage. He lost his credibility.

from:  sharma
Posted on: Oct 23, 2012 at 23:16 IST
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