In a misappropriation of funds case, a non-bailable warrant has been issued for the wife of senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid

Farukkhabad: A local court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Louise Khurshid, wife of former Union Minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid, in connection with the misappropriation of over Rs 71 lakh in central grants by the Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, which she runs.

The non-bailable warrant was issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate Praveen Kumar Tyagi against Louise Khurshid and Trust secretary Athar Farooqui, and the next hearing date is set for August 16.

The Trust received a Rs 71.50 lakh grant from the central government in March 2010 for the distribution of wheelchairs, tricycles, and hearing aids to physically challenged people in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Later, when Salman Khurshid was a minister in the then-UPA government, allegations of corruption and forgery were levelled against the Trust’s office-bearers. The Khurshids, on the other hand, had denied any wrongdoing.

The Economic Offences Wing launched an investigation, and in June 2017, Inspector Ram Shankar Yadav filed a FIR in Kayamganj police station against Lousie Khurshid and Athar Farooqui.

The Trust’s project director was Louise Khurshid. On December 30, 2019, the charge sheet in the case was filed.

It was claimed that the signatures of senior Uttar Pradesh officials were forged, and that their forged seals were used to receive grants from the Union government for the welfare of the disabled.

The trust stated that it had organised camps for differently-abled children in over a dozen districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Etah, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Kasganj, Mainpuri, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, Meerut, Bareilly, Moradabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Rampur, Sant Kabir Nagar, and Allahabad, for the distribution of equipment.

It was claimed that the equipment was distributed to children, and Louise Khurshid, the Trust’s director, confirmed this in May 2010. However, it was later claimed that the camps for the disabled only existed on paper.

 

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