Govt Orders Probe Against 3 Gandhi Family-Linked Trusts

Millennium Post Delhi|July 09, 2020

Govt Orders Probe Against 3 Gandhi Family-Linked Trusts
Cong Calls It ‘blind Witch-hunt’

NEW DELHI: The Centre setup an inter-ministerial committee on Wednesday to coordinate probe into the alleged violation of various provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income-Tax Act, Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) etc by three trusts linked to the Gandhi family, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

A Home Ministry spokesperson said a special director in the Enforcement Directorate will head the inter-ministerial team.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs has set up an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA etc., by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will head the committee,” the spokesperson said.

The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) deals with cases related to money laundering and the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) deals with acceptance and utilisation of foreign contributions.

While launching an attack on the Congress over the RGF having received funds from the Chinese Embassy a few years ago, Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad had questioned whether it was a “bribe” for lobbying for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and China.

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