New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office today rubbished as “baseless and mischievous” the contention of former media adviser to PM Sanjaya Baru that PMO files were 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 here.
He was responding to the claims by Baru in his book ‘Accidental Prime Minister - The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh' and comments to media that the Prime
Minister's Principal Secretary Pulok Chatterjee would seek “instructions” from Gandhi on important PMO decisions.
Criticising Baru, the PMO statement said, “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”.