Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh today wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding a probe into allegations of dubious funding of companies run by BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
In his communication, Digvijay Singh urged the Prime Minister to ask the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to institute an inquiry by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) into the matter, saying that, "a prima facie case does exist".
He was referring to reports related to the association of BJP chief with a Nagpur-based company Purti Power and Sugar Limited, regarding which "irregularities" have come to the fore.
"Gadkari has also said that he is open to a free and fair investigation. Being the National President of BJP, it is in the fitness of things that his case is properly investigated and he gets a fair opportunity to prove his innocence and clear his name," Singh said.
It is for the first time that any Congress leader has demanded a probe into the issue.
The Party has so far been maintaining that there should not be any politics on the private business of individuals and unless some investigating agency stumbles upon any irregularity, there is no need for Congress to target the BJP chief.
Singh has also attached with the letter a report compiled from information taken from the official site of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and said that findings of a TV investigation as well as this report make "some very pertinent points that requires serious attention."
In his letter, Singh, a known detractor of Gadkari, said that it is believed that the BJP chief had acquired Purti Sugar Mill, which had shut down.
Complimenting NDTV for the "exhaustive investigation" carried out by it on PPSL, he said certain points require serious attention.
"The companies that bought equity in PPSL appear to be defunct companies which had not done business for a long time.
Out of nowhere these companies got the capital to buy equity in PPSL, most likely from another layer of Shell Companies...
"Most of these companies have given bogus addresses... It is also interesting that all the companies have used a single email ID that is email@example.com," he said.
Singh mentioned in the letter that four names are common to list of Board of Directors of all the 18 companies.
Gadkari had recently filed a defamation suit against the Congress general secretary.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit merely said that it was for the government to decide about probing