ED initiates probe into alleged dubious funding of Gandhi-Nehru linked trusts; Congress dismisses it as yet another political vendetta

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Key people managing and virtually owning India’s oldest political party are under scanner following the ED probe ordered by the government into alleged funding of three trusts including Rajiv Gandhi Foundation by questionable sources. RGF, established on 21 June 1991, headed by Sonia Gandhi, wife of assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, as per its objectives works for the promotion of literacy, health, empowerment of the underprivileged, livelihoods and natural resource management. Its current focus areas are Education, Disability and Natural resource management. The government says on Wednesday, July 08 that an inter-ministerial team has been constituted to coordinate probe into the alleged violation of various laws like money laundering and foreign contributions by three  Nehru-Gandhi family linked trusts, including the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF). Home Ministry spokesperson said a special director in the Enforcement Directorate will head the team. “MHA sets up inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA etc by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust & Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Special  Director of ED will head the committee,” the  MHA  spokesperson has tweeted leaders alleged that the  RGF has received funds from China and other questionable sources in violation of several laws.AICC Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress MP Rajiv Gandhi are among others who are on bail in the multi-crore National Herald case with no sign as to when the litigation will end. ‘’Rajiv Gandhi Foundation is accused of receiving 3 lakh dollars. “No amount has been received as donation from Shri Mehul Choksi personally as has been falsely alleged. Nor has any loan ever been given by the RGF to him. The records of RGF reflect receipt of a modest donation of Rs 10 lakh from Naviraj Estates Pvt. Ltd. (in the year 2013) of which Choksi was one of the Directors,” the Congress has said. BJP Chief JP Nadda has charged Congress with taking funds from the Chinese government for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and backing the interests of the neighbouring country in lieu of the money while posing as the party most staunchly opposed to it. Earlier, BJP President J P Nadda has accused Congress of acting as an irresponsible opposition and has reached a new low on the on-going stand-off with China. Nadda had alleged that the RGF, which is headed by Sonia Gandhi, received donations every year from the Chinese embassy between 2005-09 and from the “tax haven” of Luxembourg, which is full of “hawala transactions”, between 2006-09.NGOs and companies with “deep commercial interests” also donated to the foundation, he alleged. Nadda had also asked the Congress to come clean on its “links” with China, and the details of its MoU with the Communist Party of China. (Image courtesy: NDTV)

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