Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to be probed for legal violations, govt sets up panel

The Ministry of Home Affair has set up an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into alleged violation of regulations by three trusts linked to the Gandhi family.

The probe by inter-ministerial team will handle probe into alleged violation of legal provisions by the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, the Centre said on Wednesday.

“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,” the MHA spokesperson tweeted.

The Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate will head the inter-ministerial committee.

While Congress chief Sonia Gandhi heads the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), former PM Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are on its board

BJP president JP Nadda had last month alleged that Chinese donations were accepted by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation between 2005 and 2009 under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi.

The BJP chief alleged that the RGF 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.

“The RGF worked with the China Association for Internationally Friendly Contact, which is just a vehicle of the Central Military Commission of China to infiltrate and influence top voices in other countries. Sonia Gandhi must answer how much influence and infiltration of this Chinese agency happened in India,” JP Nadda had said.

Following BJP’s allegations, the Congress had dismissed the claims and said it was used for welfare purposes.

Congress, in a statement, said the donation from the Chinese embassy was utilised for the welfare of disabled persons, while the grant from PMRF was utilised for tsunami relief work.

Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Rs 1.45 crore donation from the Chinese embassy was used by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation for the welfare of disabled persons and research on Indo-China relations.

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