New Delhi: Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid is planning to drag social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal to the court for alleging that the minister was involved in siphoning of funds were meant disabled people in several districts of Uttar Pradesh. Reacting to Kejriwal's allegations, Khurshid said that his behaviour is worse than that of "gutter snipes". He said that he would file a civil as well as a criminal case against Kejriwal.
The Congress on Wednesday had refrained from commenting on the allegation by India Against Corruption about financial irregularities in the functioning of Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust run by Salman Khurshid. Party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary merely said the minister's wife Louise had issued a statement saying that she had herself requested Uttar Pradesh government last month to probe the matter so that the issue is categorically put to rest.
Louise, also the Trust's Project Director, rejected the allegation that the NGO run by them indulged in financial irregularities in grants given by Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to the trust for the welfare of physically impaired people.
In a two-page press release, Louise termed the charges as "devoid of merit, false, malicious and baseless". She said she had herself requested the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on September 17 to conduct an inquiry so that the truth is revealed and it is established that the trust has not forged signatures of any officer.
Arvind Kejriwal said he along with disabled activists will gherao the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday demanding resignation of the Law Minister. A news channel on Tuesday alleged that the NGO had forged signatures of senior officials in several districts of Uttar Pradesh depriving disabled people of their money.
(With inputs from PTI)