Will abide by court order on IAF dues: Deve Gowda
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 01, 2010, 22:22
New Delhi: After IAF approached the Delhi High Court to recover dues from him for use of its aircraft allegedly for non-official purposes, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda today said he will abide by the court order.

"The matter is sub-judice before the Delhi High Court and I would abide by the judgement," Gowda told reporters here.

The former Prime Minister, however, said that the amount of a little over Rs 54 lakh was due from the then Janata Dal as per government records and the amount has to be paid by the political party and not a person in his individual capacity.

"Government has wrongly presumed that Janata Dal (S) is successor in interest of undivided Janata Dal and has shared the assets and liabilities of undivided Janata Dal. JD(U) headed by Sharad Yadav was successor to all the assets and liabilities of the undivided Janata Dal," he said.

Gowda added that the then Janata Dal got divided into five parties -- RJD, JD(U), JD(S), Biju Janata Dal and the LJP. He said that he would contest the issue in the High Court but would abide by the court verdict, whatever it is.

"In my whole life, I have not even kept a single rupee due to anybody...," Gowda said.

JD(S) leaders said the IAF aircraft was used for assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in 1996 for Janata Dal and the bill was sent to the JD office at 7 Jantar Mantar Road.

"It came to our notice in only January 2000 even though the JD(S) was formed on August 7, 1999. Earlier there was no JD(S) when the aircraft was used," a close aide said.

When Gowda used the aircraft, Lalu Prasad was the President of Janata Dal and Sharad Yadav, the Working President.


First Published: Thursday, July 01, 2010, 22:22

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