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Govt mulls action against Zakir Hussain Trust

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, October 13, 2012
First Published: 12:51 IST(13/10/2012) | Last Updated: 12:53 IST(13/10/2012)

The state government is weighing options of getting first information reports (FIRs) lodged or order an inquiry by an independent agency as it contemplates action against the prestigious Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust associated with union minister for law and justice Salman Khurshid.

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Action is being contemplated on the basis of reports that the state handicapped welfare department received from the district officials following verification of the signatures on the test check reports submitted by the trust to the union ministry for social justice and empowerment.

“As the signatures of government officials have been forged, we have recommended lodging of FIRs or an inquiry by an independent agency against Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust. We have sent the recommendation to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s office,” said a senior officer.

Union social justice and empowerment ministry had vide its letter number 4-1(128) 2010/DD-1 dated May 19, 2011 had asked the state government to verify signatures on the test reports that Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust had submitted about distribution of artificial limbs and appliances to the disabled in 17 districts under the “Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Appliances (ADIP)” scheme in 2009-2010.

A sum of around R70 lakh had been given to the trust under the ADIP scheme in 2009-2010.

“We have reports indicating forged signatures of officials on the test reports from 11 districts that include Mainpuri, Shahjahanpur, Allahabad, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Bulandshahr, Kanshiram Nagar, Etah and Bareilly,” said the officer.

“The officers of Moradabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Rampur and Siddharthnagar, however, have confirmed that the test reports carried their signatures,” said the officer.

Replying to a question, the officer said the economic offences wing (EOW) was already conducting an inquiry to probe the irregularities against the trust.

Khurshid was not available for comments. Sources close to him said there was no forgery by the trust and this was an attempt to malign the image of Khurshid family.

 

Louise files suit, claims Rs. 100 cr damages

NEW DELHI: Louise Khurshid, wife of union law minister Salman Khurshid, on Friday filed a civil defamation suit in the Delhi high court against a television group for airing a programme alleging financial irregularities in a trust run by the couple.

Sources said that damages of R100 crore have been claimed in the lawsuit filed by Louise against the TV Today group for broadcasting the "defamatory" programme on its channels --Headlines Today and Aaj Tak recently.

The case is likely to be listed next week.

A sting operation by the television channel had alleged that financial irregularities were committed in the Zakir Husain Memorial Trust by the couple during 2009-2010 in Uttar Pradesh. The Khurshids have strongly denied the charges.

Meanwhile, the India Today group said it stood by the veracity of the report carried by its TV network alleging financial irregularities in the trust run by the Khurshid couple and would defend itself.

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