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Mar 29, 2012 at 06:33pm IST

Deve Gowda dismisses HD Kumaraswamy's bribery claims

Bangalore: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Thursday denied he was approached by middlemen over defence deals, the claim which was earlier made by his son HD Kumaraswamy.

Speaking at a Press Conference in Bangalore, Gowda said, "I do not want to react more than what has been written by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian in his book. There is no need for me to give any explanation, this is more than enough."

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Gowda clarified that nobody had approached him and that he was never influenced by anybody.

"No MP or anybody approached me when I was the Prime Mininster. You should asl Kumaraswamy why he is saying this," pointed Gowda.

Janata Dal Secular leader and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had earlier claimed that his father was offered bribes when he was the Prime Minister. "When my father HD Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister, middlemen used to approach him and try to bribe him to procure defence deals," Kumaraswamy had claimed.

This comes amidst similar claims made by Army Chief General VK Singh of being offered bribe to clear defence deals. General Singh had claimed that he was offered bribe by Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh to clear sub-standard vehicles for the Army.