A notice has been sent to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) over a complaint filed by the BJP. The notice seeks an explanation from RGCT over land used by the trust that allegedly does not belong to it. District authorities told The Indian Express that the trust may be asked to vacate the land if the response is not satisfactory. Congress President Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of RGCT and Rahul Gandhi is a trustee.
Raebareli sub-divisional magistrate Ashok Shukla told The Indian Express, ”certain land is set aside for common public facilities like schools, health, etc. In this case, this land was set aside for a girls’ college. In 1982, through a letter to sub-divisional magistrate by district collector of Rae Bareli, the land was set aside for vocational training institute to provide job-oriented training”.
Shukla added, ”There are no papers available to show under whose authority it was being used by Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna. If their reply is not satisfactory, then we would send them final notice and start the process of taking the land back”.
BJP’s Amethi spokesman Govind Singh said that they lodged a complaint over the land use by RGCT earlier, but the previous Samajwadi Party government did not take any action against our complaint.
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Congress president and Rae Bareli MP Sonia Gandhi’s local representative KL Sharma said that their legal advisers are looking into the case and that the land was initially given to Thakur Das Trust in 1984.
While speaking to The Indian Express Sharma questions motive behind the notice and asks, ”The government is biased. Why are questions being asked after 35 years?”
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s representative Chandrakant Dubey Gandhi claims that 15 lakh women are associated with Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna and that 1.25 lakh self-help groups formed with the help of trust.