Taking on the Congress again, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation donated Rs 50 lakh to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) in 2011. The IRF confirmed that Rs 50 lakh was given to Rajiv Gandhi foundation.
“Guess how that notorious terrorist compliant Zakir Naik gave to TDK’s RG Foundation? Rs 50 lakes in 2011,” Swamy tweeted. The Congress accepted that the foundation had received fund from Naik but commented that it was an “unsolicited and stray donation”, which was returned to Naik some months ago.
According to a report in ‘The Times of India’, the Congress has said that the money did not come to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation directly, but to an allied entity, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), and was returned “some months ago.”
“We donated Rs 50 lakh to RGF in 2011. But the donation to RGF is just one of the several donations we make to NGOs of similar nature for education of the girl child, higher education in medicine, medical surgeries etc,” the IRF representative told TOI.
The televangelist is out of the country since an accused in a terror attack in Bangladesh reportedly said that Naik’s preaching inspired him to take up jihad.
The Union Home Ministry recently suspended four officials for alleged irregularities in renewing the registration Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).