The channels quoted from the board resolution of January 31 which contradicted the denials of Pawar and daughterSupriya Sule that City Corporation Managing Director Anil Deshpande participated in the bid in his personal capacity and not on behalf of the company.
Reacting to the reports Pawar maintained that the bid was made by a top official of the company in his personal capacity and not on behalf of the firm.
He said what was relevant was the subsequent resolution of the board in March which he said was "binding".
In that resolution, the company had told that Deshpande could bid in his individual capacity and other shareholderswould not be there, he said.
He said while giving the bid on March 21, the authorities concerned were informed that there could be some otherpartners along with Deshpande, if the bid was granted.