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."