Shah Alleges Chinese Embassy Gave 1.35cr to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

13 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Union HM claimed that the Congress MPs wished to avoid inquiries regarding the suspension of the Rajiv Gandhi FRCA licence.

Following the suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Congress MPs tried to evade inquiries concerning the termination of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FRCA) licence, which he claimed had received money from the Chinese Embassy.

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament House today, Shah said that the Opposition had caused a stir during Question Hour by bringing up the conflict between Indian and Chinese forces on December 9 in the Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh.

Due to the pandemonium, the house’s business was postponed until midday. Shah said that between 2005 and 2007, the Chinese Embassy gave Rs 1.35 crore to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF). Shah noted that the Home Ministry had sanctioned the RGF because it had broken its rules, and he added that if Congress had let him sit in on Parliament, he would have exposed the party’s criminal conduct.

The opposition brought up the India-China conflict to deflect attention from the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation’s FCRA violations, according to Shah.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the president of the Congress, responded to Shah’s claim by stating that there is no connection (Rajiv Gandhi Foundation FCRA licence cancellation issue). Kharge said, “If it’s our fault, hang us.”

Early this morning, Amit Shah spoke with reporters and said: “After reading question number 5 on the question hour list, I could understand the worry (of Congress). The issue at hand was the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation’s FCRA licence being revoked,” Union Minister stated.

“If they had permitted, I would have testified in Parliament that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation had received a donation of Rs. 1.35 crore between 2005 and 2007, which was improper according to FCRA regulations. Accordingly, the Home Ministry revoked its registration,” he explained.

The home minister said that there was one more reason why the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation lost its FCRA licence. On July 7, 2011, the Islamic Research Charity, whose director is Zakir Naik, also provided the foundation Rs 50 lakhs. I would like to know why Zakir Naik handed this cash to the Congress Party members who make up the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. The general people of the nation need an explanation of this.

The opposition members’ commotion was denounced by the union home minister, who said, “Today in Lok Sabha, opposition, notably Congress, did not permit Question Hour to operate. I abhor this behaviour. The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs has made it known that the Defence Minister would make a statement on this (the Tawang faceoff) before the House at 12 o’clock.

“I want to emphasise that till the BJP administration is in power, with Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, we would not permit anyone to seize even a single inch of land. I applaud the bravery that our men have shown “said he.

On December 7, Nityanand Rai, a minister of state for home affairs, informed the Rajya Sabha that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation’s (RGF) FCRA registration had been revoked in accordance with section 14 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.

According to MoS Nityanand Rai’s statement to the Rajya Sabha, “the FCRA licence of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) was cancelled under section 14 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA, 2010) due to violation of provisions under section 11 and conditions of registration under section 12(4)(a)(vi) of the FCRA, 201.

According to Rai, the licence for the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) was revoked in accordance with section 14 of the FCRA.

According to section 14 of the FCRA, 2010, the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust’s (RGCT) FCRA licence was revoked for violating the regulations under sections 8(1)(a), 11, 17, 18, and 19 as well as the requirements for registration under section 12(4)(a)(vi), according to MoS Nityanand Rai.

The association whose FCRA registration has been revoked in accordance with the provisions of section 14 of the FCRA, 2010, is not eligible for registration or the granting of prior authorization for a period of three years from the date of registration revoked, according to Rai.

“According to provisions under section 14(3) of the FCRA, 2010, the association whose FCRA registration has been revoked pursuant to provisions under section 14 of the FCRA, 2010 shall not be eligible for registration or grant of prior permission for a period of three years from the date of revoked registration,” stated MoS Nityanand Rai.