PMO rubbishes Sanjay Baru’s claim of files being cleared by Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Apr.13: The Prime Minister’s office (PMO) on Sunday rubbished Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s former Media Advisor Sanjay Baru’s claims that PMO files were being seen by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

“The statement being attributed to a former media adviser to the Prime Minister that PMO files were seen by the Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi is completely baseless and mischievous. It is categorically denied that any PMO file has ever been shown to Smt. Sonia Gandhi,” PMO spokesman Pankaj Pachauri said in a statement.

In his memoir ‘Accidental Prime Minister – The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’, Sanjay Baru, who served as Dr. Singh’s Media Advisor from 2004-2008, claimed that Singh’s Principal Secretary Pulok Chatterjee used to seek directions from Gandhi on important PMO decisions.

“The book written by the former media adviser is an attempt to misuse a privileged position and access to high office to gain credibility and to apparently exploit it for commercial gain,” the statement added.

Baru has also written in his memoir, “Pulok, who was inducted into the Manmohan Singh PMO at the behest of Sonia Gandhi, had regular, almost daily, meetings with Ms. Sonia at which he was said to brief her on the key policy issues of the day and seek her instructions on important files to be cleared by the Prime Minister.” (ANI)