CWG corruption: Sudhanshu Mittal pleads innocence

Posted By: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Oct 20: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhanshu Mittal, who has landed under the Commonwealth Games corruption radar, has insisted that he is innocent saying that he is being made a "political scapegoat".

"I have just been made a political scapegoat," he said on Wednesday, Oct 20, a day after his residence, offices and the offices of his kin were raided by the Income Tax department in connection with the CWG contracts.

Contending that a "political witch hunt" is taking place in the name of CWG probe, Mittal questioned, "On the total CWG expenditure of Rs 77,000 crore, my company did business worth only Rs 29 lakh and now I am held as the fountainhead of corruption. Is it fair?"

He informed that his company Delhi Tents and Decorative did business worth only Rs 29 lakh with CWG agencies.

When questioned about his links with Deepali Designs that bagged contracts worth about Rs 230 crore, Mittal said, "I have not a single share in Deepali Designs. Neither any of my immediate family members has one share in the company. There was a request made to me to join the board of the company as an independent director. I joined in February this year and left in July."

Mittal, a close associate of former BJP President Rajnath Singh, also sought to clarify that Depali Designs bid for the CWG contract before he became director of the company.

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