WHAT IS S GURUMURTHY UP TO?
SANGH’S SPIN DOCTOR The curious case of the Sangh trouble-shooter giving a clean chit to Nitin Gadkari reveals a greater game at play within the extended Parivar, reports
HE SAYS he has given Nitin Gadkari a clean chit. Then he says he has not. He set out trying to clarify the news about Gadkari’s Purti Group and its shell company investors and ended up becoming the news. Just what is S Gurumurthy, chartered accountant, part-time journalist, Swadeshi economics guru and all-purpose trouble-shooter of the Sangh Parivar, up to?
Gurumurthy has a long history of investigating shell companies and allegedly dubious investors, right back to the time he combined forces with Arun Shourie and the late Ramnath Goenka to take on Reliance Industries in the 1980s. When economic reforms began, Gurumurthy became the chief spokesperson of Indian protectionism. When the NDA came to power, his Swadeshi Jagran Manch ( SJM) seemed to be lobbying for specific industries rather than the principle of autarky.
Once seen as LK Advani’s intellectual foil, Gurumurthy — when he isn’t offering ambiguous answers about Gadkari — has now also emerged as Narendra Modi’s Man Friday. He was instrumental in organising the defence of Gujarat’s former home minister Amit Shah in legal cases related to encounter killings. When lawyer Ram Jethmalani argued on Shah’s behalf in court, Gurumurthy was seated right behind him, passing on notes. Today, they find themselves on different sides in the battle for Gadkari’s future.
Or do they? Just who is batting for