Gadkari denies allegations against him

Gadkari denies allegations against him

Gadkari denies allegations against him

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways  and Shipping Nitin Gadkari dismissed the opposition charge that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has indicted him.

Gadkari on Tuesday asserted in the Rajya Sabha that there was no corruption cases against him and if any court of law found him guilty of wrongdoings, he will resign as a minister and an MP.

He said that the CAG has not indicted him for any wrongdoing or corruption. He said that the report did not indict the Purti Sakhar Karkhana Ltd, the company with which he was associated as a director till 2011. He said that the CAG has indicted Indian Renewal Energy Development Agency (IREDA) for adopting a wrong policy. 

One time settlement
Gadkari said there was nothing  wrong in taking a loan and repaying it. He said Purti paid its loan as per the ‘one time settlement’.

Gadkari said that the loan was approved during the UPA rule and if CAG has indicted any one, it was IREDA — a government company — and the UPA was in power. He said that decision of one time settlement was also made during the UPA rule.

He also denied having used any subsidy. Gadkari said Purti paid back Rs 72 crores as per the settlement whereas 18 of 29 companies which had taken loan did not repay the loan and 9 companies did not pay the interest.

In his elaborate reply, he narrated how Purti had planned to produce green energy, but failed to do so as the area where the company was established could not produce sugarcane because of draught.

However, the Opposition was not satisfied with his reply and raised many more questions about the composition of the company, the nature of loan and its repayment.

Opposition leaders Pramod Tiwari, Digvijay Singh, Anand Sharma (Congress), Harivansh (JDU) and D Raja (CPI) led the attack on BJP and the minister.

The Rajya Sabha also witnessed several adjournments during pre-lunch and post-punch sitting over the issue. There were hot exchanges as well between the Congress and the BJP.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi strongly defended Gadkari.
However, declaring dissatisfaction over the clarification, Leader of Opposition Gulam Nabi Azad staged a walkout with other Congress members.

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