After several reminders, the Union Council of Ministers have today declared their ‘official’ assets. Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath has emerged has the richest Minister with ‘official’ assets of Rs.263 crore.
In a conversation (click here), from the Niira Radia tapes, Tarun Das, the ex-CII head talks to Niira Radia about Kamal Nath getting the Road Transport & Highways Ministry, where he says Nath can “serve the nation and also make his 15 percent”. Das also says that Kamal Nath uses the Ministry like an “ATM”.
Kamal Nath has several controversies to his credit. He was named in the cash-for-votes scam, which helped “Mr. Clean” buy MPs and survive a confidence vote in the Parliament. The Supreme Court is now forcing the
police to investigate this scam (see the details here) Delhi
In one of the Wikileaks expose, a senior congress Minister talks about Kamal Nath to a U.S. Diplomat: “Formerly he could only offer small planes as bribes………now he can pay for votes with jets." (click here)
Kamal Nath has also been held guilty by the Supreme Court (click here) of causing environmental damage and changing the course of the
Beas river by building a Hotel
in an ecologically sensitive area. There are also several other controversies
surrounding this gentleman, such as the Rice Export Scam and his involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.