BJP President Nitin Gadkari has served a legal notice to India Against Corruption activist Anjali Damania who was instrumental in exposing the Maharashtra irrigation scam that resulted in the resignation of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
However Damania has refused to apologise and stands by her allegations. "I have not said anything that's a lie. I am ready to fight a legal battle against Nitin Gadkari," she said.
Damania charged that Gadkari had refused to help her up the ante on the scam because of his business connections with Sharad Pawar, a charge that becomes even more pertinent, given that CNN-IBNsays it has unearthed documents linking one of his aides to the scam.
Without naming Gadkari, Damania said 'the opposition party chief' told her "we help Pawar and he helps us, can't do anything in this scam."
"Since the NCP and the Congress are together, we went to the opposition party, but they strictly told me that they could not do anything about it. Their party president himself told me that he could not do anything regarding this; he shares businesses with Sharad Pawar. They help each other in their matters. So, he could not do anything about it. We were shocked after getting such kind of a reply," she said.
The CNN-IBN report charges that when President of the Vidharbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) had issued a circular allowing more than three contracts per contractor, the move benefitted Gadkari's aide Ajay Sancheti who is also a BJP MP.
The name of Sancheti’s company was changed to SMS Infrastructure in 2005. According to information available with the channel, Sancheti broke the company registrar’s rules, by seeking and getting licences for both of his companies from VIDC in 2007.
He then went on to form a Joint Venture with D&SN Thakkars and secured contracts worth Rs 156 crore.