No moral or legal wrongdoing by Gadkari: Gurumurthy

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Financial analyst S. Gurumurthy, who is considered close to the RSS, has reaffirmed that he found no wrongdoing by BJP president Nitin Gadkari in documents related to a company linked to him and accused the media of giving political colour to the issue.

In a letter to Gadkari, Gurumurthy said he wished to formally place on record his views expressed at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core committee meeting Nov 6 which had led the party to give a virtual clean chit to the party chief.

Gadkari is facing a probe over allegations about financial transactions of companies that invested in the Purti Group.

"At the meeting of the core committee, on my investigation of the Purti documents, I had clearly said that you had not done any wrongdoing morally or legally," Gurumurthy wrote in the letter, which was released by the BJP Wednesday.

"I reiterate that on my investigation, I have found and written in my columns in the New Indian Express that there is no wrongdoing by you morally or legally in the Purti matter," the letter added.

Gurumurthy said he had "professionally examined the Purti papers" and expressed his professional views.

"But I saw sections of media giving political colour to my professional views," he said.

Calling upon Gadkari to bring his letter to the attention of core committee members who were present when he had briefed them, Gurmurthy said the letter may also be released to the media.

The letter follows Gurumurthy's tweets Tuesday which led sections of media to say that he had not given a clean chit to Gadkari on the Purti issue.

Following the news reports, Gurumurthy clarified Tuesday in a tweet that he had given "a clear chit to Gadkari on Purti affairs."

He also said he had deleted the tweets that the media was misunderstanding.

"I have deleted only the tweets they (media) are misinterpreting, not all," he had said.

After the BJP core group met Nov 6, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "Shri Gadkari has no direct or indirect interest in the 18 investment companies which have invested in the Purti Group."

"S. Gurumurthy, a chartered accountant and financial analyst, who has examined these documents and facts made a presentation to the party leaders. The meeting accepted the presentation of Shri Gurumurthy that there was no legal or moral wrong doing by Shri Nitin Gadkari," Prasad added.

Gurumurthy, a chartered accountant, corporate advisor and columnist, is considered close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Gadkari has enjoyed the backing of the RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP.

The rift in the Sangh Parivar over allegations against Gadkari had again come to the fore Monday after RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya indicted that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was behind Gadkari's present troubles within the party.

Both the RSS and the BJP had swiftly denied any linkage. Party MP Ram Jethmalani had targeted Gadkari over the allegations related to Purti Group, saying that he should resign and not seek a second term as party president.

Jethmalani's son Mahesh Jethmalani had quit the party's national executive over the issue.