A non-bailable warrant (NBW) has been issued against Louise Khurshid, wife of former Union minister and INC leader Salman Khurshid, in a case of misappropriation of over Rs 71 lakh received in central grants by Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust run by her.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Praveen Kumar Tyagi yesterday issued the NBW against Louise Khurshid and trust secretary Athar Farooqui.
The court fixed 16 August as the next date for the hearing.
In March 2010, the trust had received a grant of Rs 71.5 lakh from the union government for the distribution of wheelchairs, tricycles and hearing aids among physically challenged persons in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
In 2012, allegations of corruption and forgery surfaced against the Trust’s office-bearers. The Khurshids had denied any wrongdoing.
Salman Khurshid was a minister in the then UPA government.
It was alleged that signatures of senior officials of Uttar Pradesh were forged and their fake seals were used to receive grants from the Union government for the welfare of the disabled.
The trust had said it had organised camps for disabled children across over a dozen districts of Uttar Pradesh for the distribution of equipment. It was claimed that equipment was distributed among children and Louise Khurshid had verified it as the director of the trust in May 2010.
However, it was later alleged that camps for the disabled allegedly existed only on paper.
The Economic Offence Wing started a probe and in June 2017, an FIR against Lousie Khurshid and Farooqui in Kayamganj police station.
Louise Khurshid was the project director of the trust.
The charge sheet in the case was filed on 30 December 2019.
The INC allegedly allowed scams after scams during its rule, resulting in the loss of a staggering amount of Rs 48,20,69,00,00,000 of the country over almost 70 years. The party, on its own as well as with its allies, has been accused of a host of scams including the 2G spectrum scam, Bofors scandal, AgustaWestland helicopter deal scam, Scorpene submarine scam, Maharashtra irrigation scam, Commonwealth Games scam, coal block allocation scam and many more.