Days after uproar over Rajiv Gandhi Foundation reportedly receiving Chinese funds, the Union Home Minister has set up a committee to investigate alleged tax violations and money laundering by three Gandhi family trusts - Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. 

"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 home ministry said,

The committee that will investigate the violations of several legal provisions, including money laundering, tax violations will be headed by a special director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The development has come days after several BJP leaders accused Rajiv Gandhi Foundation headed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of receiving funds from the Chinese Embassy. The issue raised by the BJP amid the India-China faceoff created much uproar and the Congress party had to come with a clarification. 

"There is enough evidence that Sonia Gandhi has taken money for Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. It has helped her family as well. The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ensured the foundation got Rs 100 crore. Why has Congress been accepting donations from the Chinese Embassy," Union Minister Smriti Irani had said last month.

 

Reacting to the BJP's accusations, the Congress had said that the ruling party was adopting "diversionary tactics" to avoid answering questions on the Chinese transgressions in Ladakh.

"Is it not true that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh held a consultation in 2009 with Chinese Communist Party and did not Rajnath Singh receive and hold a meeting with Chinese delegation in 2008? Is it not true that then BJP President Nitin Gadkari on January 19, 2011, led a delegation to China and held consultations?" Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked.

"Are these consultations anti-India? Is it not true that BJP sent a 13-member parliamentary delegation to China to study their political system, were these anti-India activities?" asked Surjewala.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma