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Jan 13, 2013 at 02:03pm IST

BJP denies I-T summons to Nitin Gadkari, says somebody trying to malign his image

New Delhi/Nagpur: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday denied reports of Income Tax summons to party president Nitin Gadkari and alleged that it was a plot to malign his image. The report was also denied by Gadkari who said he hasn't received any notice from the I-T department.

"There is no such official notice. These are all source based information. Somebody is behind this propaganda and trying to malign Gadkari's image. Gadkari himself has offered for the inquiry," said BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

However, top sources in the I-T department said on Saturday that Gadkari was asked to be personally present in connection with the department's investigation against him and some associated companies for alleged tax evasion. The I-T officials want to meet him personally so that he could be confronted with the probe documents prepared by the department in this regard in the last few months.

The sources also added that Gadkari had sought two weeks' time to appear before the Income Tax department. "He had sought an adjournment for two weeks citing that he is not in Nagpur. He has been given the extension and the new date for appearance is January 21," they said. "We need to confront him with the probe that we have conducted and verify the facts," they added.

The department has been probing various firms that invested in Gadkari's company Purti Power and Sugar Limited (PPSL) and the probe unit in Nagpur has sent a report in this regard to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in Delhi. The department, according to sources, has allegedly found the details of almost 30 companies that have been "in transactions" with PPSL.

Meanwhile, sources close to Gadkari said he has not received any notice from the I-T department and he has not been asked to appear before any official. They said there is an income tax case against PPSL which has been going on for sometime but Gadkari is not involved in the matter. The BJP president had resigned from the Purti Group sometime back.