“Dis­ap­pointed”

India Today - - MAIL -

The re­port “Congress Gets Burned by the Sun” pub­lished on March 26, 2012, gives the im­pres­sion that I solely own and man­age Lanco and have ma­nip­u­lated the com­mis­sion­ing cer­tifi­cates. I re­signed as the chair­man be­fore I be­came an MP. Lanco is a pub­licly owned com­pany. My fam­ily mem­bers and I only have a stake in it. I am not aware about af­fairs of the com­pany and you have quoted my aide on this in your story. I am deeply dis­ap­pointed and hurt that even then your re­porter has dragged my name into the case. RAJAGOPAL LA­GADA­P­ATI, I have nowhere men­tioned that Rajagopal has ma­nip­u­lated the com­mis­sion­ing cer­tifi­cates. Even then I clar­i­fied his non­in­volve­ment through his aide’s quote. A ref­er­ence to him was given only to il­lus­trate the back­ground of Lanco. As founderchair­man, he built Lanco. He and his fam­ily has a cer­tain stake in it. His brother is ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, but Ra­j­gopal is per­ceived as its face. I re­gret the ref­er­ence that he “owns” Lanco has hurt him. The story was on how a Congress gov­ern­ment in Ra­jasthan has wrongly is­sued com­mis­sion­ing cer­tifi­cates. The gov­ern­ment and NVVN have ac­cepted this and en­cashed bank guar­an­tees of such projects. RO­HIT PAR­I­HAR, IN­DIA TO­DAY

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