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Salman Khurshid should resign: Kejriwal

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 09:54 hrs
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New Delhi: Launching another attack on Law Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday, India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal again demanded the union minister's resignation.

Kejriwal has charged the minister with corruption, saying that the NGO, Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, run by his wife Louise Khurshid, siphoned off funds meant for the physically disabled.

Saying that the allegations were made on the basis of a probe done by the Uttar Pradesh government, Kejriwal asked whether Khurshid would resign from politics if the charges are proved to be true.

"If disabled people did not benefit from the trust, then will he resign and give up politics," Kejriwal asked.

"He must announce his resignation today (Sunday)," Kejriwal said.

The activist quoted a report by the Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh and alleged that the NGO had forged the signature of Ram Raj Singh, an Uttar Pradesh government official, recommending grants for the NGO.

"Ram Raj Singh says he didn't sign papers for Khurshid's organisation. Singh had retired in January. How could he sign in March. Didn't Khurshid's organisation forge signatures of Ram Raj Singh," Kejriwal questioned.

He also alleged that the signature of another official, J.B. Singh, was forged in an affidavit saying the NGO has done good work.

"Do you accept that your trust forged an affidavit of J.B. Singh," Kejriwal asked.

The anti-corruption activist also questioned whether the probe's report was wrong and if Khurshid agreed with the allegations.

"A show-cause notice was sent to Louise Khurshid July 3 to explain all of this. No response has been sent so far," Kejriwal said.

"We want to ask if the Uttar Pradesh government's report is fake. If it is fake, action should be taken against Akhilesh Yadav," he said.

He also said that the Uttar Pradesh government may try to bring another report suppressing the facts.

Salman Khurshid's wife Louise Khurshid Saturday slammed Kejriwal and a television channel for alleging that their NGO had siphoned off Rs.71 lakh meant for physically challenged people and termed the charges as false.

Louise Friday filed a civil defamation case in the Delhi High Court against the TV Today Group seeking damages of Rs.100 crore, said court sources.

According to the Aaj Tak television channel report, the union social welfare and empowerment ministry had granted Rs.71.50 lakh to the Khurshids' NGO for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

While Salman Khurshid is the president of the trust, his wife is the project director.



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