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RGCT returned Rs 50 lakh from Zakir Naik's foundation in 2016 after NIA registered case against the preacher

Author: Times Now Bureau
Publication: Timesnownews.com
Date: July 23, 2020
URL:   https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/rajiv-gandhi-foundation-received-rs-50-lakh-from-zakir-naik-s-islamic-research-foundation/626242?utm_source=googlenewstand&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=latest-news

Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust had received Rs 50 lakh from Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation and the money was returned in 2016 after the NIA registered a case against the Islamic preacher.

New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust had received Rs 50 lakh from Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation. The foundation received the money in August 2011 and it was returned four and half years later after Naik escaped from India and a case was registered against him by the NIA.

Times Now accessed bank details and other entries which clearly indicates that Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust received the money in 2011.

Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust has Congress President Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson and then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as members.

RGCT returned Zakir Naik's donation in 2016 after NIA ordered a probe
The Ministry of Home Affairs has set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe various alleged violations of legal provisions like the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) by the Gandhi family-run Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

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#GandhiZakirFile | TIMES NOW accesses file on Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust row.

RGCT had received Rs 50,00,000  from Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation. 

Nikunj with more details. | @thenewshour with Navika Kumar

Jul 23, 2020
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The Congress also received donations from fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi but later the grand old party issued a clarification saying it received no money from the absconding diamantire.

The foundation led by interim party president Sonia Gandhi is in the eye of a storm over fundings received from Chinese government-linked organisations.

PSUs funded Sonia Gandhi-headed RGF
Last month, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a press conference demanded an explanation from the Congress asking why the Chinese Embassy donated about Rs 90 lakh to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Prasad also claimed that this was the reason why Congress was not condemning China.

Apart from receiving donations from Choksi, Naik and China, public sector undertakings (PSUs) like the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC), the Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and State Bank of India (SBI) made annual donations to the RGF when the Congress-led UPA was in power from 2004 till 2014.

 
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