Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 8
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday stated it has fashioned an inter-ministerial committee to probe numerous violations of authorized provisions by Congress-backed Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
The inter-ministerial panel, which will probably be headed by a particular director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has been assigned to coordinate investigations into violation of assorted provisions underneath Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) by these organisation, a spokesperson in the MHA stated.
The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation was established on June 21, 1991. The basis works on a spread of points, together with literacy, well being, incapacity, empowerment of the underprivileged, livelihoods and pure useful resource administration. Its present focus areas are training, incapacity and pure useful resource administration.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi is the Chairperson of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and senior Congress chief P Chidambaram are its board members.
The MHA resolution has come within the backdrop of latest allegations levelled by the ruling BJP on Congress and the Gandhi household claiming that China had funded the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
Last month, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, citing some documentary proof, sought an evidence from Congress to clarify why the Chinese Embassy donated about Rs 90 lakh to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. It is alleged that among the many basis’s donors is the Government of the People’s Republic of China. A petition has additionally been filed earlier than the Supreme Court to hunt a probe into the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Congress and the Communist Party of China signed in 2008.
The Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust is a registered not-for-profit organisation, which was established in 2002 to handle the event wants of the underprivileged of the nation, particularly the agricultural poor. On its board are Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, businessman Ashok Ganguly and Chartered Accountant Bansi Mehta.
The Trust’s title is talked about in an alleged land seize case in Haryana by the CBI, by which the company has made Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as foremost accused. It is being alleged that then Haryana authorities had handed over panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust throughout 2004-14 within the title of public curiosity.