TT Epaper
The Telegraph
 
IN TODAY'S PAPER
WEEKLY FEATURES
CITIES AND REGIONS
ARCHIVES
Since 1st March, 1999
 
THE TELEGRAPH
 
 
CIMA Gallary

Flip-flop on Twitter, all-clear in writing

New Delhi, Nov. 14: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh adviser S. Gurumurthy today wrote to Nitin Gadkari, saying he had found no evidence of wrongdoing by the BJP chief “legally or morally in the Purti matter”.

The clarification came a day after the Chennai-based chartered accountant’s serial flip-flops on the BJP leader, whose Purti Group of companies have come under media glare for alleged financial irregularities.

Gurumurthy, who had earlier exonerated Gadkari following a “hush-hush” probe, said in the letter he had “clearly” told members of the BJP core committee last week that he had not found evidence of “wrong-doing” while investigating documents related to the Purti group.

“I had professionally examined the Purti papers and expressed my professional views. But I saw sections of (the) media giving political colour to my professional views,” he said.

Yesterday, Gurumurthy had virtually disowned Gadkari and then defended him in a span of four hours, the flip-flops coming on Twitter.

He claimed he did not know Gadkari well at all, had not given him a clean chit and that it hardly mattered to him whether the BJP chief continued to head the party or not.

He also claimed a businessman (like Gadkari) should not helm a political party. He later deleted his initial tweets and said he had given Gadkari a “clear” chit.

In his missive, Gurumurthy urged Gadkari to share his explanation with the core committee members, included Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. He also requested the BJP chief to release the letter to the media, which he did.

BJP sources said Gurumurthy had been told off by RSS leaders, who felt he had “over-projected” their hand in the probe he conducted into Gadkari’s financial dealings. “Phrases like RSS ideologue, Sangh-inspired and such like were resented by the leaders,” a BJP source said.

Although there was no official explanation from the BJP on what caused Gurumurthy’s flip-flops, sources claimed he was “new” to Twitter and had tripped over while commenting on his articles on Gadkari.