New Delhi: Adding heat to the controversy involving Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid over charges of misappropriation of funds meant for disabled persons, interesting revelations have surfaced now.

Surprisingly, the names of most of the villages where Khurshid claimed to have held camps and distributed support equipments to the differently-abled persons in 2011, don’t exist in reality. Moreover, the post of the officers didn’t exist in the areas whose names were mentioned as the approving officers for the camps.

Rubbishing the charges of irregularities of funds by his trust, Khurshid had held a press conference on Sunday to clarify his position over these allegations. In his support, Khurshid had presented one Rangeelal Mistry before the media claiming that he had problem in hearing and he had received hearing aid from the camp at that time (2011). But contradicting to Khurshid’s claims, several reports alleged that the disabled people had received the aids two days before the row surfaced.

India Against Corruption (IAC) has claimed that Rangeelal’s wife has said that her husband received the hearing aids from Khurshid’s trust on October 13 this year and he was then taken to Delhi by Congress district president Aftab Khan on Sunday.

Adding to the woes for the Union Minister, a TV report has alleged that the tricycles which were claimed to have been distributed in 2011 were actually distributed two days before the issue appeared in the media.

Meanwhile, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Uttar Pradesh police has began its probe into the matter and has so far carried raids at 17 places across the state.

On Sunday, Khurshid produced documents and pictures to prove that camps were held in Uttar Pradesh in 2011 to provide hearing aids and tricycles to the disabled by his trust.

Khurshid denied any wrongdoing by the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, of which he is president and wife Louise is project director, and said he would pursue legal action against a TV news channel which first aired allegations of financial misappropriation in the running of the trust.


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