New Delhi, Jan.11 (ANI): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday rubbished the corruption charges leveled against him by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, and said that he has always been given a clean chit as he never favoured anyone while giving tenders.
“Nothing is done in my department without following due process of e-tender. I don’t favour anyone while giving tenders,” Gadkari told the press conference.
“My son is not the director in that company. I am not a shareholder of this company and I don’t have any connection. All the people have been making false allegations against me and nothing has been proven. I have always been given a clean chit. During the UPA regime only, I got a clean chit,” he added.
Earlier, Digvijay leveled corruption charges against Gadkari and lodged a complaint in this regard to Central Vigilance Commissioner K.V. Chaudhary.
“Today I met the CVC K.V. Chaudhary and gave him a letter of nepotism of Mr. Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Transport in the Government of India, where he has awarded a contract worth Rs. 10,050 crores of Zoji la Pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir as BOT (build-operate-transfer) project to IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd. The connection between the IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd., the Mhaiskar and his family and Nitin Gadkari is well known,” he said.
He further said that all the major contracts were awarded to IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd. when Gadkari was the minister for PWD in Maharashtra.
“Also it is a matter of fact that IRB Infrastructures has invested in companies of Mr. Nitin Gadkari. I have also submitted enclosed the details of this company Ideal Energy Project Ltd. which is subsidiary of IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd. where Mr. Nikhil Nitin Gadkari, Nitin Gadkari ji’s son is a share holder from 2009-2011, and after 2011 he withdrew his share from the company. There is unclenching evidence of close relationship between the Mhaiskar family and the Gadkari family,” he added.
Singh also accused Gadkari of awarding a Rs. 10,000 crore tender to a single bidder, which is unheard of.
“This is a clear case of corruption at the highest level and I demand that Mr. Nitin Gadkari should be sacked by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, if he sincerely believes in controlling corruption in his government. It is an open violation of the CVC guidelines, and I have enclosed adequate proof. I am also going to write to the Prime Minister, a letter separately, which I will be releasing after it has been delivered,” he added. (ANI)