New Delhi: The Corporate Affairs Ministry on Thursday began an initial inquiry into companies that have invested in the BJP president Nitin Gadkari's businesses. According to sources, the initial inquiry would be conducted by the registrar of companies in Mumbai and Nagpur, where Gadkari's Purti Power and Sugar Ltd is based.

"The matter is being looked into," a senior Corporate Affairs Ministry official said. He was responding to a query on whether the Ministry has started probe into allegations of dubious funding into Gadkari's company.

On Tuesday, Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily had said that Registrars of Companies would inquire into the allegations.

Nitin Gadkari cancels his Delhi trip

Media reports have raised questions over the source of funds for Purti Power and Sugar Ltd controlled by Gadkari. Media investigations claim that major investments and large loans to Purti were made by a construction firm Ideal Road Builders (IRB) group, which had won contracts between 1995 and 1999, when Gadkari was PWD minister in Maharashtra.

Gadkari has denied the allegations and offered himself and his companies to any probe.

Earlier in the day, Gadkari cancelled his trip to New Delhi. He will stay back in Nagpur.

Sources said that Gadkari will now go straight to Himachal Pradesh for campaigning on Saturday.

(JPN)

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