Unlike Robert Vadra, Salman Khurshid to sue Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Oct 11: Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra restrained self but Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid went all out against activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal who hurled corruption charges against his trust - Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust.

The Union Minister claimed that he would drag Kejriwal to court for hurling "devoid of merit, false, malicious and baseless" charges against his trust.

Citing a sting operation conducted by one TV channel, Kejriwal on Wednesday, Oct 11 accused Khurshid's trust of ill-treating funds meant for the physically challenged.

Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust is registered at Khurshid's residence in Jamia Nagar area in the national capital and has Louise Khurshid, Salman's wife and a former legislator, as the chief project director. The Trust is registered as an NGO and reportedly receives funds from various ministries. However, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has stopped extending funds to the Trust stating that the Khurshids did not reply to explanations sought on alleged malpractices.

The TV channel, which also probed some senior officials of both the UP and central governments, said that it accumulated evidence of the forgery committed from at least 10 districts of UP. The channel said that the state-wide inquiry that the UP government had ordered in Jan 2011 concerning the malpractices in a project directed by the Trust was in response to a letter from the social justice and empowerment ministry. The project was related to providing aid to physically-challenged people in 17 districts of the state, including Farrukhabad, Khurshid's home town.

The channel said that the report of the director sent to the state's special secretary comprised 'forged' signatures and stamps of officials who allegedly verified the trust's work. The 2009-10 report of the trust was signed by Louise Khurshid, it is learnt. Louise, however, rubbished the allegations.

Unlike Vadra, the Union minister was enraged over former Team Anna member's recent allegations against him and thus vowed to sue him. Kejriwal recently had brought corruption charges against the industrialist.

Vadra defended himself after overruling all allegations against him. Despite Kejriwal's statement that he would be ready to face defamation case if his charges against Vadra prove false, the industrialist did not express any intention to take legal action against Kejriwal.

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