In a major crackdown, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Uttar Pradesh Police has registered an FIR against a former employee of Zakir Husain Memorial Trust and others over alleged fraud. Police had booked one Pratyush Shukla for forging signatures of two district officers, an Indian Express report says. He had done so to verify that a camp for the differently-abled was held on May 29 in 2010 using funds allocated by the UPA-II government in 2011. Interestingly, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s wife Louise Khurshid was heading the trust at that time. Khushid himeself was a Union Minister at that time, the report says. Louise Khurshid told Indian Express that the FIR has been registered against Shukla but he is no longer with the trust.
According to the FIR, the EOW had revealed that the Congress-led UPA II government had granted Rs 71.50 lakh to the trust on March 30, 2010. Out of this hefty amount, Rs 4 lakh was demarcated for distribution of equipment to the differently-abled through a camp in Farrukhabad. The Centre had asked the trust to utilise the funds within three months. The central government had also asked the trust to send a utilisation certificate verified by district-level officers to it, as per the IE report.
Subsequently, the trust had sent a test check report to the central government on June 3, 2010. The test check report had mentioned 32 beneficiaries and the distribution camp in Kayamganj on May 29, 2010. This report also bore the signature of Tehsildar, Kayamganj, as the one who verified it and countersigned by Farrukhabad chief medical officer. However, no evidence has been found that the camp was organised in Kayamganj, Farrukhabad, on May 29, 2010, the report says. The report also stated that Shukla prepared the forged document with the help of others.
It has been learned that the accused have been booked under relevant sections of IPC at Kayamganj police station of Farrukhabad Saturday on the complaint of Inspector Ram Shankar Yadav of the EOW, according to SHO Bhuvnesh Kumar.