Rajiv Gandhi Foundation received Rs. 50 lakhs from Zakir Naik, reveals investigation

In a major revelation, a transaction between controversial preacher Zakir Naik and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) has been emerged. The revelation comes in the backdrop of probe by Enforcement Directorate into the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) over alleged money laundering.

The transaction details of the account reveals that a fund amounting to Rs 50 lakhs, from Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation account to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable trust during the UPA rule in 2011.

Soon after Naik fled from India in 2016, the Trust returned the money to him and the NIA registered a case against him.

RGCT is a registered, not-for-profit organisation established in 2002 headed by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, as per its official website.

On July 8, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) formed an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into alleged violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA and others by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The committee was formed after BJP chief JP Nadda exposed the various irregularities in the trust’s transactions.

The Congress is also accused for receiving Rs 90 lakh from Chinese Embassy to the RGF.