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Jan 22, 2013 at 01:19pm IST

I-T probes firms funding Purti group a day before Gadkari's re-election as BJP chief

Mumbai: There seems to be fresh trouble for Nitin Gadkari who is set to be re-elected as the Bharatiya Janata Party President on Wednesday. The Mumbai I-T wing is surveying seven companies found to have been routing money into Gadkari's Purti Group after allegations against the companies surfaced in the Nagpur wing's probe.

The Mumbai Income-Tax wing is scanning the companies which have their addresses listed in Mumbai. After the Mumbai wing finishes the verification, the Nagpur wing will take the probe forward.

This comes just a day ahead of Nitin Gadkari's re-election as the BJP President. The BJP has been facing criticism from within the party over corruption allegations against Gadkari and charges against his Purti group.

BJP leaders including Ram Jethmalani, Mahesh Jethmalani and Shatrughan Sinha raised objections against Gadkari's re-election as the party chief. However, the BJP top brass has been united in defending Gadkari as he is backed by the RSS, which is an important support for the BJP.

It remains to be seen whether these raids on Gadkari's Purti Group have any effect on his re-election as the BJP President on Wednesday.