Updated: July 9, 2020 3:03:09 am
THE CENTER has set up an interdepartmental committee to “coordinate investigations” into the funding of three trusts linked to the Nehru-Gandhi family – the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
This comes two weeks after the BJP alleged that the RGF had received funds from China to “conduct studies that were not in the interest of the country”.
Announcing the decision on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said the committee “will coordinate investigations into violations of various legal provisions of the PMLA (Anti-Money Laundering Prevention Law), the Tax Law income, FCRA (law on the regulation of foreign contributions), etc. ” by these three organizations.
The three organizations are chaired by the head of Congress, Sonia Gandhi. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leaders P Chidambaram, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are among the administrators of the RGF.
Sources say Interdepartmental committee will be chaired by special director of police
Directorate (ED) and will include officials from the Income Tax Department, the CBI, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of the Interior.
Sources said the committee would probe the source of all funds, including foreign contributions. He will ask for all the relevant documents and then, if necessary, call the officials to question them. It will also examine the allocation of land for the construction of Jawahar Bhawan, where the RGF has its office.
Congress called the government’s move “cowardly” and “blind witch hunts”. “Mr. Modi thinks the world is like him. He thinks everyone has a price or can be bullied. He will never understand that those who fight for the truth are priceless and cannot be intimidated, ”tweeted Rahul.
“The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has nothing to add, nothing to fear because you have all the machines and you can ask all the questions in each survey … But you must be fully exposed … you do not ask these questions to a lot of sacred cows … are harassing you every segment of opposition, individual or institutional, “said party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi.
“But the beauty is that these beautiful questions like the exemptions from the 9th timetable … are not asked of the Vivekananda Foundation, of the overseas friends of the BJP, of the India Foundation or elsewhere, they are not not asked – for much larger amounts of money – to the RSS, “he said.
“Whose special protective arc they have … Are there a level playing field in this country … We will send you trucks of documents, but if you have the guts … ask them at least 5% of same questions and share the answers with the country, “he said.
“Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi gave their lives for India. Targeting trusts dedicated to honoring their rich heritage is unfortunate and vengeful, ”said CWC member Anand Sharma.
“The illegal, arbitrary and bad faith action against RGF and other organizations is yet another example of their low standard,” said Manish Tewari, a senior congressional official.
Party communications chief Randeep Surjewala said that “the vicious investigation and revenge” was a “sneaky hunt” for those who denounced the government’s nonsense.
Defending the government’s decision, BJP secretary general P Muralidhar Rao said it was a “natural result” of the information that had been published on the RGF. He said that if there was a “political motive”, the government “would not have waited six years to order an investigation”.
Last month, in the middle of the border between India and China, while Rahul questioned the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President JP Nadda said that Congress had no moral rights to talk about the security of the country.
Addressing a virtual rally for Madhya Pradesh on June 25, Nadda said: “Today I was shocked to watch on television that in 2005-2006, the People’s Republic of China and the Embassy from China donated a large sum to RGF. It is a secret relationship between Congress and China. These people take funds from China and then conduct studies that are not in the interest of the country … The nation wants to know what they were paid for and what study they conducted … You take a donation of $ 300,000 and you teach us nationalism. “
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also raised the issue at a press conference the same day.
Congress had accused the BJP of “misinformation and (a) sinister campaign” against the party and Rahul Gandhi.
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