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RSS dismisses as 'false' charges of misuse of funds

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Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 27 February, 2004 original

Dismissing as "wild and false" the allegations of misuse of funds received from abroad levelled against it, the RSS on Friday said they smacked of a "sinister conspiracy" and threatened "action" against those making the charges.

"The whole report (by a South Asia watch group, Awaaz) smacks of a sinister conspiracy to defame Hindu organisations," RSS spokesman Ram Madhav told reporters here.

He also said RSS was "shocked and disgusted" over the latest US State Department report criticising Indian democracy as "flawed".

Taking strong objection to the "propaganda" unleashed by persons and organisations "hitherto unknown" against the RSS and organisations connected with it, like the Seva Bharati, he said "the scandalous report betrays a conspicuous anti-Hindu bias leading us to question the motives of, and men behind, this unknown group".

The RSS leader said Seva Bharati was an organisation registered with the government in different states and guided by Indian laws and every single penny received by it from within or outside India is judiciously spent on the causes for which it has been collected.

" The report in question is full of distortions and untruths, often bordering on mischief," he said and cautioned people in general and the media in particular that such campaigns "have the potential of damaging the reputation of India and the Indian people outside".

"We urge Indian media to verify the credentials of the groups that come up with such fraudulent, biased and ill-motivated reports before going gaga over their statements," he said.