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Cong seeks probe into RSS funds allegations

Times of India, April 22, 2004 original

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday levelled charges of misutilisation of funds collected abroad by the RSS and allied organisations like Sewa Bharti and sought a probe into the reports of an investigation carried out by a UK parliamentary group.

The Congress also alleged that civil aviation minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy had given a false affidavit by not disclosing his wife's assets fully according to EC norms.

The issue is over a house in the name of Rudy's wife in Gurgaon near Delhi which was not disclosed by the minister.

Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal alleged that Lord Adam Patel resigned in 2002 from the post of the patron of Sewa International linked to the RSS' overseas body, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, over charges of misuse of money collected by Sewa International in the UK.

The charge that was being probed by a British agency was that the Sewa had diverted money meant for the rehabilitation of earthquake victims into activities linked to the Gujarat riots.

On April 13, another member of the House of Lords in the UK, Lord Nazir Ahmed, had written, "Sewa International is linked with Hindu organisations such as RSS and BJP in India. They are collecting large sums of money from the UK and USA in the name of charity and spending it in India for political purposes."