An inter-ministerial team has been set up by the government to coordinate probe into the alleged violation of various laws like money laundering and foreign contributions by three Nehru-Gandhi family linked trusts, including the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation..
A Home Ministry spokesperson said a special director in the Enforcement Directorate will head the team.
“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. Spl. Dir of ED will head the committee,” a home ministry spokesperson tweeted.
It may be noted that the BJP had attacked the Congress over the funds of the RGF , alleging that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation had received donations from the Chinese embassy in India in 2005-06.
The BJP alleged that the foundation, in its annual report of 2005-06, had included the Chinese donations in the list of general donors. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a press conference it was after taking this donation that the foundation recommended a free trade agreement with China.
Reacting to the government move, Congress spokesperson and former I&B minister Manish Tewari in tweet wrote,The illegal , arbitrary & Malafide action against RGF & other organisations is yet another example of how low they will go.
Rather than fighting China , COVID-19 and revive the economy all the Government wants to do is fight the @INCIndia .
The illegal , arbitrary & Malafide action against RGF & other organisations is yet another example of how low they will go.
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) July 8, 2020