Pejawar swami denies report

Updated - November 17, 2021 03:19 am IST

Published - December 26, 2010 01:51 am IST - Udupi:

Sri Vishwesha Tirtha of the Pejawar Math in Karnataka on Saturday said his name had been unnecessarily dragged into the controversy surrounding corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.

He was reacting to media reports, which said he was associated with Ms. Radia.

In a clarification, he said: “I did not introduce Niira Radia to the then Civil Aviation Minister Ananth Kumar. Ms. Radia was introduced to me by my disciples and not by any political party.

“My land at Vasant Kunj in Delhi is not connected to Ms. Radia's trust. My land belongs to the Rama Vittala Shikshana Seva Samiti, which is a registered society. I am the president of this society. Half-an-acre of land was given to this society, when P.V. Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister. One acre was given to this society when H.D. Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister.

“The then Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes attended the stone-laying ceremony of the society on my invitation and not due to the influence of Ms. Radia. “I have admirers in all political parties. I got the land for the Rama Vittala Shikshana Seva Samiti as per the rules, regulations and laws of the land. I regret that my name has been unnecessarily dragged into this controversy.”

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