Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan said on Tuesday he had never criticised the government in speeches that had triggered strong criticism from right-wing political leaders.
Rajan will step down as governor of the Reserve Bank of India on September 4 and his surprise decision not to make himself available for a second term had raised speculation that some of his speeches had upset Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist government.
"In none of the speeches I have given has there been an explicit criticism or an implicit criticism of the government," Rajan told journalists following a policy review.
"Some of those speeches have been on economic issues outside of monetary policy. I think those economic issues are perfectly within the remit of the central bank because ultimately we have a remit of macro stability."
Rajan also strongly defended a speech on social tolerance, which was heavily criticised by some government officials as meddling into political areas.