An investigation carried out by three media outlets along with an internal probe by a truck and bus maker has revealed that a Swedish manufacturer Scania allegedly paid bribes to win bus contracts in India.
The investigation also shed light on an alleged transaction between the bus maker and a company said to have ties with the Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s sons.
Nonetheless, in a statement on Wednesday, 10 March, the office of the Union Transport Minister denied all the allegations and called them, “malicious, fabricated and baseless.”
In a statement released on Wednesday, Gadkari’s office said, “The allegations that the bus was not paid for and was used for the wedding of Gadkari’s daughter are nothing but a figment of media’s imagination.”
The statement further said,”Gadkari and his family members have absolutely nothing to do with the purchase or sale of the bus. Nor do they have anything to do with any firm or individual who might be linked with the purchase or sale of the bus… The attempts by a section of the media to drag the name of Nitin Gadkari and his family, therefore, are very unfortunate and a part of a sinister and malicious campaign to malign Gadkari and tarnish his unblemished reputation as a person of impeccable integrity.”