UP mulls inquiry into Khurshid Trust

The Uttar Pradesh government is reportedly considering to initiate an inquiry into the alleged wrongdoings by Zakir Hussain Trust, which is controlled by Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louis Khurshid.

The move comes in the wake of reports that signatures of many of the officials had been forged to get funds under the Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Appliances (ADIP) scheme.

According to the sources within the government, an inquiry could be ordered into the entire matter within the next few days.

The state government plans to quiz the district handicapped welfare officers in this regard. “There are reports that signatures of several district officials were forged to get the funds,” said an official here.

Sources also said that on verification, the signatures were found to be forged. “The case needs to be thoroughly probed by an independent agency,” the officials said. They also said that the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the state police was already looking into the alleged irregularities.

The Trust had, according to sources, received Rs 70 lakh under the ADIP scheme in 2009-2010. The funds were for artificial limbs and appliances for the disabled persons.

Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal has been agitating for resignation of the Union minister following the charges. Both the minister and his wife have denied the allegations.

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