February 8, 2023

Rana Ayyub confirms paying to PM Cares Fund, accepting donations into accounts owned by father, sister

Journalist Rana Ayyub has confirmed contributing Rs. 74.50 lakh to PM Cares and CM Aid Funds amidst probe into cash laundering by the Enforcement Directorate. In an announcement launched her, Ayyub additionally confessed to accepting crores of rupees by means of crowdfunding into financial institution accounts owned by her father and sister earlier than routing that cash into her account.

“..With the intention to be certain that the donated quantity weren’t left unutilised, however have been slightly used to offer remedy and aid to the affected households in want, I donated INR 74.50 lakhs to the CM Cares Fund of Maharashtra for aid work in my dwelling state, and to the PM Cares Fund for aid work throughout India,” She mentioned in her prolonged assertion.

Ayyub additionally confessed to receiving funds from donors into the financial institution accounts owned by her father and sister earlier than she routed that cash into her personal checking account. She mentioned, “My private checking account couldn’t be used at the moment as Ketto required the bodily copy of my PAN card to be furnished instantly, which at the moment was unavailable. In these circumstances, as I assumed that assist to COVID-19 ravaged households shouldn’t be delayed, I gave Ketto the small print and paperwork regarding my father and sister’s financial institution accounts.”

Ayyub can also be accused of utilizing a big chunk of individuals’s donations to pay as tax to the Earnings Tax authorities. She grew to become liable to pay the tax on donations acquired by her since she used the private financial institution accounts of her father and sister to just accept that cash.

Ayyub mentioned that she paid greater than Rs. one core as revenue tax to the IT division. “I used to be additionally requested to pay revenue tax on the donation quantity, which I had paid to the tune of INR 1.05 crore as directed by the Earnings Tax authorities. It was additionally informally communicated to me that if I quit my proper to attraction towards the order to levy tax on the donation, then the IT authorities would additionally defreeze the mounted deposit,” Ayyub added.

The information of Ayyub paying a pretty big quantity to the PM Cares Fund, which she routinely criticized till lately, had left netizens shocked.

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