Mumbai: Unfazed by Nitin Gadkari's legal notice for her statement that he did not want her to pursue the irrigation scam in Maharashtra, RTI activist Anjali Damania has said she would not tender a public apology to the BJP president.

"I received the defamation notice on Thursday evening around 6 PM. He (Gadkari) said if I apologise he won't file a suit against me. But I refuse to give an apology, because whatever I said is true," the RTI activist said.

Damania, an India Against Corruption (IAC) member, also said she would produce evidences of Gadkari's involvement in various scams.

"In next four days, I will produce evidences of Gadkari's involvement in various corrupt activities," she said.

Damania had alleged that when she approached Gadkari to pursue a case against NCP leaders involved in the Rs 20,000 crore irrigation scam, he advised her not to go ahead.

She alleged that Gadkari said he has business interests with NCP President Sharad Pawar.

Gadkari's notice to Damania served by his counsel Shamshery & Associates said, "My client strongly denies the false, baseless and defamatory statement that he has any business relations with Sharad Pawar."

It also demanded Damania retract her comment forthwith and tender a public apology.

The RTI activist maintained that she was not hungry for publicity, saying, "I am amazed that he (Gadkari) had time to draft the notice or probably provide inputs for the notice, but he did not have time to say he has met me or he has not met me."

(Agencies)

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