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Friday, 24 July 2020

Haryana collects details of land allotted to Gandhi family trusts

Chandigarh, July 23

The state government has started the process of gathering details of allotment of land, if any, to three Gandhi family trusts — Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

Accused of receiving funds from Chinese embassy

The decision to order the probe was ordered after the BJP alleged the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation had received funds from the Chinese embassy.

In a letter to the Additional Chief Secretary (Urban Local Bodies Department), the Chief Secretary has referred to a communication in this regard from Vivek Wadekar, Chairman, inter-ministerial committee, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Directorate of Enforcement, with a request to examine whether any land was allotted to the three trusts.

The Additional Chief Secretary, in turn, has written to all Commissioners of Municipal Corporations as well as Executive Officers and Secretaries of the Municipal Councils and Municipal Committees to intimate if land had been allotted to the trusts and, if yes, provide its allotment documents.

The letters have been marked confidential, most urgent and time-bound.

On August 8 last year, the MHA had set up an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate the investigation into the violation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Income Tax Act and the FCRA by the trusts.

The decision to order the probe was ordered after the BJP alleged the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation had received funds from the Chinese embassy.

Notably, the matter of land allotment to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust for running an eye hospital in Gurugram is already under litigation. — TNS



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