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 misappropriation of over Rs 71 lakh received in central grants by Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust that is run by her. Chief Judicial Magistrate Praveen Kumar Tyagi, on Tuesday, issued the non-bailable warrant against Louise Khurshid and Trust Secretary Athar Farooqui and has fixed August 16 as the next date for 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.