Reeling under Coal-gate scam allegations, Congress suffered another setback today when Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid was accused of a Rs 71 Lakhs scam. According to India Today, a prestigious trust, chaired by Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid forged signatures and stamps of senior officials of several districts in Uttar Pradesh depriving physically challenged people of their due. This was uncovered during an investigation named Operation Dhritrashtra done by TV news channel Aaj Tak.
The Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust is in the name of Khurshid’s grandfather and India’s 3rd President. A registered NGO, it is chaired by Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid is its chief functionary officer. It is alleged that the trust misused government grants worth Rs 71 lakhs that were meant to provide aids to physically challenged people in UP. Louise Khurshid has denied the allegations.
Reacting to the sting, social activist Arvind Kejriwal said, “We demand an urgent FIR. His wife who is the project director should be arrested. Because they are a powerful family, they will destroy evidence and put pressure on witnesses. “He added that it was “sad that the country’s law minister heading an NGO that is involved in corruption” and that he should resign immediately.