As the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probes into the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) into alleged money laundering, sources report that a transaction between controversial preacher Zakir Naik and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) has been unearthed. The transaction details of the account, which has been frozen now, shows a fund transfer allegedly amounting to Rs 50 lakhs, from Naik’s account to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable trust during the UPA regime in 2011. RGCT is a registered, not-for-profit organisation established in 2002 headed by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, as per its official website.
RG trust-Zakir Naik transaction: ED probe
It has been revealed that the Trust received the money in 2011 and it was then returned after Zaik Naik escaped from India and the NIA registered a case against him.
ED to probe into RGF transactions
On July 8, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) formed an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into alleged violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA and others by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The Special Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED) heads the committee probing into the trust’s alleged violations. This move was triggered days after BJP chief JP Nadda highlighted the various irregularities in the trust’s transactions.
BJP alleges RGF scam
On June 26, BJP chief JP Nadda alleged that the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during the UPA years. Taking to Twitter, the BJP national President shared details of ‘Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006’ and ‘Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008’, which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF). A BJP statement later quoted Nadda as saying at the rally that the Chinese embassy gave Rs 90 lakh to the RGF. The Rajiv Gandhi foundation is a Delhi-based RGF was set up on June 21, 1991, and is currently chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Moreover, Republic TV found a link between the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and a Chinese lobbying group in 2004. As per the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation’s official website, in the year 2004-2005 for the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary studies there is a mention of the ‘China Association for Internationally friendly contact’ – which is a lobby group for the Communist Party of China. These links have appeared amid former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi repeated attacks at PM Modi for ‘denying Chinese intrusions in Ladakh’ and ‘allowing China to occupy India’s territory’. This political blame game started after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a face-off with Chinese Army at Galwan area of the LAC.