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Home Ministry to probe into 3 trusts, including Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, controlled by Gandhi family

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on July 08, 2020 Published on July 08, 2020

Amid complaints by the BJP that the money from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund was diverted to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, a trust controlled by the first family of the Congress, the Union Home Ministry has announced a probe into the accounts of three such trusts.

A spokesperson of the Ministry said in Twitter that that it has set up an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions including Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Income Tax Act, Foreign Contributions Regulation Act by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

“Special Director of Enforcement Directorate will head the committee,” the spokesperson added.

BJP General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao asserted that there was no political motive behind the Home Ministry ordering investigation into the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).

“Transactions of the RGF are in the public domain. The BJP is not party to anything that is going on. This issue has various dimensions. It is related to violations pertaining to Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FRCA), it is related to donation acceptance, it is related to IT audit. Modi-ji’s Government works on transparency. When there are so many issues in the public domain it was natural for the Government to investigate. This is a public foundation. It is not a private trust. Home Ministry has started various investigations in the interest of transparent governance. The Congress leaders have to cooperate. There is no political motive. If there was, we would have acted six years back,” said Rao.

 

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Published on July 08, 2020
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