Gad­kari firms get 2 weeks to ex­plain ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties

BJP chief faces probe by com­pany af­fairs min­istry, I-T depart­ment

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Na­gen­dar Sharma

At least two dozen other com­pa­nies, many with un­ver­i­fi­able ad­dresses, have Gad­kari’s driver and as­trologer among their di­rec­tors on pa­per. NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment’s pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry has found sev­eral fi­nan­cial and man­age­rial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the doc­u­ments filed by Nag­pur-based Purti Group, be­long­ing to the BJP pres­i­dent Nitin Gad­kari and his fam­ily.

Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion of a “dis­creet in­quiry re­port” by the Mum­bai unit of the reg­is­trar of com­pa­nies (RoC), the cor­po­rate af­fairs min­istry on Thurs­day sought “manda­tory ex­pla­na­tion” un­der the Com­pa­nies Act from firms owned by the Gad­kari fam­ily in two weeks, HT has learnt.

The RoC while re­view­ing doc­u­ments filed by Purti Group found glar­ing dis­crep­an­cies and even vi­o­la­tions of law.

“Prime fa­cie ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties have been found in the doc­u­ments filed with the RoC and sec­tion 234 (1) of the Com­pa­nies Act has been in­voked on the con­cerned com­pa­nies to fur­nish rel­e­vant doc­u­ments and pro­vide a manda­tory ex­pla­na­tion within two weeks,” a highly placed source in the gov­ern­ment said.

The min­istry is also con­tem­plat­ing whether it should ap­point in­spec­tors for in­ves­ti­ga­tion of af­fairs of these com­pa­nies, but it is likely to wait for the ex­pla­na­tion to be of­fered by Gad­kari’s com­pa­nies.

The cor­po­rate af­fairs min­istry had swung into ac­tion af­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal’s IAC and me­dia re­ports al­leged that Gad­kari favoured a road con­struc­tion com­pany as Ma­ha­rash­tra’s PWD min­is­ter, which later helped him set up Purti Group in 2001. A se­ries of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in Gad­kari’s busi­nesses then sur­faced that showed that some com­pa­nies shown on pa­per as hav­ing in­vested in Purti Group didn’t ex­ist.

Five such com­pa­nies — Nivita Trades, Swift­sol, Rigma Fin­trade, Ashwami Sales and Mar­ket­ing and Earn­well Traders — are shown as reg­is­tered at Dube Chawl, a slum in Mum­bai's And­heri East.

Nitin Gad­kari (C) at an RSS rally in Nag­pur.

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