Published On : Sat, Jan 11th, 2014

WCL refutes claim about ‘Rs 5 cr demand’ by Kamalnath from its CMD; explores legal action


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Nagpur News.

Fumed over the report published across a local newspaper claiming that Union Minister Kamalnath has demanded Rs 5 crore from WCL’s Chairman and  Managing Director Dinesh Chandra Garg for serving favours to the latter, senior WCL officials termed the report as bogus and baseless. The officials are now contemplating legal action against the concerned publication, informed a highly placed WCL source.

The report in the local Marathi daily carried on Friday alleged that Union Urban Minister Kamalnath has asked for Rs 5 crore from Garg through the letter sent by his Officer on Special Duty  R K Miglani. Miglani in his letter to Garg has mentioned Kamalnath’s name and asked Garg to arrange for Rs 5 crore as per his commitment.

The newspaper claimed that the letter reads, “Mr KN has asked me to request you as committed for Rs 5 crores.”  It also alleged that Kamalnath has asked for this amount as the kickback against Garg’s elevation as WCL’s CMD in Nagpur and also for providing two years extension to Garg whose term  was expiring in 2012.

However a senior WCL official refuted the claims saying that the letter mentioned in the report was actually pertaining to funds for activities under Corporate Social Responsibilty  (CSR). “The publication has smartly erased the term ‘CSR’ from the letter and kept the figure of Rs 5 crore intact. This is an attempt to forge the document,” the official told Nagpur Today.

When asked whether WCL would be initiating any action against publication of such dubious report, the official said, “Naturally, we will explore legal actions. If the media carries report which holds some amount of truth then it is okay but we would certainly look forward to initiate legal action on such bogus report.”

“The concerned reporter got the letter photocopied by hiding ‘CSR’ in order to create unnecessary nuisance with this baseless report,” the official added.