Friday, December 2, 2022

Centre cancels FCRA licence of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust

Ministry of Home Affairs has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), organisations associated with the Gandhi family, for alleged violations of the law.
The action came after investigations carried out by an inter-ministerial committee, which was formed in 2020 by MHA after the BJP alleged that RGF received funds from the embassy of the People’s Republic of China. The committed had started probing the funding of RGF and RGCT and investigated funds received by these organisations with respect to a suspected violation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), and the Income Tax Act.
The committee was headed by a special director from Enforcement Directorate (ED), along with the members from CIT, Income Tax Department; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Urban Development and MHA.
The development assumes significance as both the organisations are headed by former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and have top leaders of the Congress, including Rahul Gandhi, as members. The RGF even has former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former finance minister P Chidambaram as members.
Sources said the investigation into alleged irregularities in RGF and RGCT is likely to be handed over to central probe agency CBI.

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