The probe into the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has revealed that controversial preacher Zakir Naik too has contributed to it
Bengaluru: The probe into the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has revealed that controversial preacher Zakir Naik too has contributed to it.
Reacting to it, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "These revelations are proof of one thing that this Trust is corrupt. We cannot clean it with a vacuum cleaner, the law will teach them a lesson. Such sensational revelations show that everything about people owning the Trust and about the Trust is wrong. They are in panic and therefore now they are issuing statements that are baseless."
As per the revelations made on Thursday, the transaction details of the account, which has been frozen now, shows a fund transfer allegedly amounting to Rs 50 lakhs, from Naik's account to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable trust during the UPA regime in 2011. RGCT is a registered, not-for-profit organisation established in 2002 headed by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, as per its official website, Republic TV noted.
The foundation was founded in 1991 and claims to work on issues ranging from education to disability to natural resource management.
It is none other than Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, who heads the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Along with Sonia Gandhi, Gandhi-scion Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and Priyanka Gandhi are also the trustees of the foundation.
The Union home ministry has formed an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into alleged violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA and others by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The Special Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED) will head the committee.
The BJP has alleged that the Foundation had received a donation of Rs 90 lakh from the Chinese Embassy in India in 2006-07. While Congress president Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of the trust, senior party leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, Dr Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra serve as trustees.
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Last Updated Jul 24, 2020, 3:53 PM IST