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Congress leader Salman Khurshid. (IANS file photo)

FARRUKHABAD, Uttar Pradesh – A local court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Louise Khurshid, wife of former Union minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid, in a case of alleged misappropriation of over Rs 71 lakh received in central grants by the Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust that is run by her.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Praveen Kumar Tyagi July 20 issued the non-bailable warrant against Louise Khurshid and Trust secretary Athar Farooqui and has fixed Aug. 16 as the next date for a hearing.

Louise Khurshid was the project director of the Trust.

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 on, 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 Khurshid family denied the allegations.

The Economic Offense Wing launched a probe and in June 2017 EOW inspector Ram Shankar Yadav registered an FIR against Louise Khurshid and Farooqui in Kayamganj police station here.

The charge sheet in the case was filed on Dec. 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 organized camps for differently-abled children across over a dozen districts — Etah, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Kasganj, Mainpuri, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, Meerut, Bareilly, Moradabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Rampur, Sant Kabir Nagar and Allahabad – for the distribution of equipment.

Later it was alleged that the camps for the disabled existed only on paper.

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