New Delhi: Giving clarification on the disclosures by WikiLeaks regarding purchase of trust votes in 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he had not authorised anyone to purchase any votes.

“I have no knowledge of any such purchases. I am not aware of any act of purchasing any votes,” said the Prime Minister said at the India Today conclave.

His statement comes a day after he came under attack for alleged disclosures on WikiLeaks that his government had bought MPs ahead of the 2008 trust vote.

He said he was 'absolutely certain' that he was not involved in 'any of these transactions'.  US diplomatic cables leaked on WikiLeaks and published by a daily newspaper on Thursday purportedly say that payoffs had been made to MPs to ensure a majority for the Congress-led government in the confidence vote over the India-US nuclear deal in 2008. 

Nachiketa Kapur, a political aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma, is quoted in the leaked cables as saying that a fund of Rs 50 crore had been formed to pay MPs. 

According to the leaked cable, “Sharma's political aide mentioned to an embassy staff member in an aside on July 16 that Ajit Singh's (Rashtriya Lok Dal) RLD had been paid Rs 10 crore for each of their four MPs to support the government.”

'Kapur showed the embassy employee two chests containing cash and said that around Rs50-60 crore was lying around the house for use as pay-offs.'

Wiki allegations baseless: Chatwal

Meanwhile, noted hotelier Sant Chatwal termed as baseless allegations that he was involved in the cash-for-vote scam dating back to the 2008 trust-vote against UPA-1.

Chatwal, chairman and CEO of Chatwal Hotels, Resorts, said that he never went to India from June to October 2008. Nor did he have any contact on this issue with the PM or the Akali Dal by telephone or any other means.

"I do not have any interest in the internal politics of (India). Of course, I know all the political parties and leaders, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh, the Congress party. My sole purpose was to develop relationship between India and the United States," he added.

"I took Bill Clinton when (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee Saheb was the Prime Minister, BJP was in power. I tirelessly worked for the India-US civilian nuclear deal when the Congress was in power," he said, adding that anyone can "verify and check" his non-involvement in internal politics of India with the leaders of the Akali Dal.

(Agencies)