The Union house ministry has arrange an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into allegations towards Rajiv Gandhi Basis (RGF), Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Consider and Indira Gandhi Memorial Consider of violating the felony provisions of cash laundering act, Source of revenue Tax Act and overseas contribution act.
Confirming it, a house ministry spokesperson mentioned that Particular Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will head the committee. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may also be a part of the committee.
Whilst former Top Minister Manmohan Singh, and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and P Chidambaram are trustees of RGF, which used to be arrange in June 1991. Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of RGF and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Consider. She has additionally been overseeing the paintings of Indira Gandhi Memorial Consider.
The allegations towards RGF had been levelled by means of Bharatiya Janata Birthday party (BJP) leader JP Nadda final month amid the continuing confrontation with the Opposition over the Ladakh face-off.
In a chain of tweets, Nadda mentioned that the Top Minister’s Nationwide Reduction Fund (PMNRF) donated cash to RGF. He mentioned “one family members’s starvation for wealth” harm the country, and likewise accused the Congress of committing a “brazen fraud” by means of diverting public cash right into a “family-run basis”.
Nadda additionally posted pictures of lists of donors to RGF for the years 2007-2008 and 2005-2006 to again his declare. The record incorporated a number of state-owned firms, together with the State Financial institution of India and GAIL, and ministries together with the ministry of house affairs and the ministry of well being.
“PMNRF, supposed to assist other folks in misery, used to be donating cash to Rajiv Gandhi Basis in UPA years. Who sat at the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Utterly reprehensible, brushing aside ethics, processes and now not bothering about transparency,” Nadda tweeted.
Union legislation minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that RGF driven for a loose business settlement between India and China, resulting in an enormous business deficit skewed in favour of Beijing.
In its reaction, the Congress mentioned the BJP used to be attractive in diversionary techniques, puzzled it on visits and exchanges between the BJP and the Communist Birthday party of China (CPC) during the last decade, and alleged that Top Minister Narendra Modi shared a “bizarre bonhomie” with China even because the borders had been insecure.
PMNRF used to be arrange in 1948 by means of India’s first Top Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, fully with public contributions. It does now not get any budgetary make stronger. PMNRF sources are utilised essentially to offer aid to households of the ones killed in herbal calamities, and to sufferers of main injuries and riots, in keeping with its site.