The Rs 50-lakh donation to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, headed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO was a “bribe” to “shelter” his “anti-national” activities, the BJP alleged on Saturday.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad showed a purported reply by then I&B Minister Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha in 2012 where he named Naik’s Peace TV among 24 illegal foreign channels whose contents were not conducive to India’s security. He asked Congress why it did not return the donation when its own government had expressed security concern with regard to Naik’s channel. “Why should not this apprehension be raised that this Rs 50 lakh was a bribe to powers that be to shelter illegal, anti-national activities,” he asked.
Congress said the government, was indulging in “mischievous propaganda”. “What is shocking is that a Union Minister is asking questions about documents, which are in possession of the government and are being leaked mischievously,” spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.