India Against Corruption (IAC) member Prashant Bhushan has demanded Gadkari to be charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for misusing his office as a PWD Minister to favour a company that gave him a loan of Rs 164 crore.
"Gadkari took a loan of 164 Rs crore from a company to whom he had given various benefits as a PWD Minister of Maharastra. Therefore, under the prevention of corruption act, if a public servant receives any kind of gratification for himself or any other person from a company with whom he has official dealings as a public servant than that amounts to corruption under prevention of corruption act," Bhushan told to TV channel CNN-IBN.
Earleir, Congress had called Gadkari a fraud and demanded an impartial probe against him.
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday, Oct 23 submitted proof of Gadkari's links with Purti Power to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded that the Opposition party leader be probed on fraud charges.
Many of Gadkari's own party members are not happy that he is still holding the top post. Senior BJP leader and advocate Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday had asked Gadkari to quit from the post of BJP President.
Jethmalani said that fresh allegations against Gadkari in the Maharashtra land scam will compromise the BJP's campaign against corruption. The BJP MP said that Gadkari should not be given the second term as the BJP president as there are serious allegations of corruption against him.
It was activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal and members of IAC who has first revealed corruption allegations against Gadkari in a public forum.