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Amar Singh, CII among Clinton foundation donors

world Updated: Dec 20, 2008 11:55 IST

Indians, including Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, have contributed millions of dollars to charity controlled by former US president Bill Clinton for alleviating poverty and fighting diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Governments, corporations and rich individuals paid hefty sums to the Clinton Foundation which has raised over $492 million rpt million since its establishment in 2001.

A Pakistani source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the disclosure of millions contributed by Indians, who are seen close to the Clintons, could complicate the task of incoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she would be perceived to be close to New Delhi.

The list released yesterday shows Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and steel baron Lakshmi Mittal among those who paid between one and five million dollars to the foundation but it was not clear when the donations were given.

The list of about 205,000 donors also includes Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the category of those who paid between half a million and one million dollars and Tulsi R Tanti-headed Suzlon Energy Limited based in Amsterdam and a major supplier of wind turbines. Tanti is said to be among the wealthiest Indian executives.

It also includes the name of Lalit Suri, Vinod Gupta and Ajit Gulabchand among those who paid between quarter and half a million dollars. India Today group, Reliance Europe, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Lata Krishnan and Mike Patel finds place among those paying between $100,000 and $250,000.

The list does not give exact amount paid by each contributor nor the dates on which the donations were made.