A non-bailable warrant has been issued against the wife of former Union minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid by a local court in a misappropriation of funds case.
A local court in Farukhabad in Uttar Pradesh issued the warrant against Louise Khurshid in connection to a case of misappropriation of over Rs 71 lakh. The amount had reportedly been received in the form of central grants by Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, an organisation run by Louise Khurshid.
A non-bailable warrant was also issued against the Trust secretary Athar Farooqui and Chief Judicial Magistrate Praveen Kumar Tyagi fixed August 16 as the next date for hearing.
In March 2010, the Trust had received a grant of Rs 71.50 lakh from the central government for the distribution of wheelchairs, tricycles and hearing aids among physically challenged persons in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Later allegations of corruption and forgery were levelled against the Trust's office-bearers in 2012 when Khurshid was a minister in the then UPA government. However, the Khurshids had denied any wrongdoing.
The Economic Offence Wing started a probe and in June 2017, EOW inspector Ram Shankar Yadav registered an FIR against Lousie Khurshid and Farooqui in Kayamganj police station here.
Louise Khurshid was the project director of the Trust.
The charge sheet in the case was filed on December 30, 2019.
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 differently-abled children across over a dozen districts – Etah, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Kasganj, Mainpuri, Aligarh, Shajahanpur, Meerut, Bareilly, Moradabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Rampur, Sant Kabir Nagar and Allahabad-- of UP 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.
(With inputs from PTI)