MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Oct 25 � BJP president Nitin Gadkari faced more heat today over allegations of dubious funding into his companies with Income Tax department too launching a probe to trace the source of funds after Ministry of Corporate Affairs began a similar exercise.
�We will trace the source the funds of the companies including the 18 companies that invested in Purti,� a top IT official told PTI in Mumbai on condition of anonymity.
The official said prima facie �shell� companies (inactive firms used as a vehicle for various financial manoeuvres or kept dormant for future use in some other capacity) had pumped money into Gadkari�s company Purti Power and Sugar Limited(PPSL).
Sources in the IT department said a report would be submitted to the Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) shortly.
�We have already started gathering documents relating to these companies,� they said, adding, officials in the investigation wing of the department in Mumbai and Pune were involved in the probe.
Officials of the investing companies would be summoned in due course and, if needed, the BJP chief would also be asked to be present, the sources said.
Gadkari, meanwhile, cancelled his scheduled trip to Delhi with his personal staff in Nagpur saying he was indisposed. � PTI