The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday set up an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act, Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) by Rajiv Gandhi foundation Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. A special director of the Enforcement Directorate will head this committee.
These trusts are linked to the Nehru-Gandhi family. In June 1991 the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation was set after which in 2002 Rajiv Gandhi Trust was set, Since their formation both of them are headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The other trustees include former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and P Chidambaram.
The decision was taken to assess if there were any financial or any other irregularities in the work of these organisations, and there was “no question of any politics in it” said by Home Ministry officials.
The Congress Party was, however, quick to react, and called the move a “political vendetta”, coming soon after the Centre cancelled as it comes close on the heels of the Centre cancelling the allotment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s government bungalow in New Delhi’s Lodhi Estate area.
The Congress said the “party and its leadership will not be intimidated by the cowardly acts and blind witch-hunt by a panicked Narendra Modi government”.
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News