UP Govt cracks whip on Salman Khurshid, trust raided

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Lucknow, Oct 15: In a major setback for Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Uttar Pradesh government led by Akhilesh Yadav conducted raids at his trust in 17 different places in the state on Monday, Oct 15.

Economic Offences Wing (EOW) raided Handicapped Welfare offices owned by the law minister and his wife Louise. The raids are the after-effects of the corruption allegations hurled by news TV channel Aaj Tak, the sister channel of Indian Today owned by Arun Poorie.

One sting operation by the news channel ignited social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal's fight against UPA government. Allegations such as financial irregularities in the functioning of the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust have been hurled against the Khurshid couple.

The EOW has already begun a probe into the alleged irregularities in Khurshids' trust. Following Kejriwal's comment on "biased investigation", UP Chief Minister Akhilesh said, "Nobody will be spared nor there is any pressure on our officials."

Kejriwal earlier had claimed that a direct quid pro quo exists between Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Khurshids. He feared that UP government would save Khurshid as he is fighting the case of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh's father, in a disproportionate assets case. Intensifying his attack on the law minister, Kejriwal on Monday also asserted that Congress is involved with Khurshid in the scam.

However, during a press conference on Sunday, Khurshid clarified his stand on the issue saying that his party does not have any connection with his NGO. The law minister asserted that he would be ready to face investigation but also demanded a probe against the TV channel which had conducted the sting operation against his trust.

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