(This article has been updated as per latest developments on 9th September, 2021)
August seems to be a month of the public debacle of the liberals’ lobby. August 5, chosen as Bhumi Pujan divas for Ram Mandir, the same date has seen the striking down of Article 370 in Kashmir, both events giving sleepless nights to Indian secular cum liberal lobby. August 2021 has specially added to their miseries. Initially, Barkha Dutt was in controversy regarding her compromising India in the Kargil war, now it is only a matter of time before Rana Ayyub goes to jail.
Now Ketto has come forward with a fresh set of authenticated fraud allegations against Rana Ayyub. They informed the public on how Rana decided to raise the fund from fundraisers but did not spend it as promised. Ketto circulated an email to its members that the Enforcement Directorate has found a lot of discrepancies in Rana Ayyub’s donation campaigns. Out of 2.69 crore rupees collected by Rana, only 1.25 Crore could be explained. The journalist has a tax liability of about 90 lakh on her. Ketto has also decided to run an internal investigation into the matter.
Ketto is a peer-to-peer donation-based crowdfunding platform in India, it stands for the key to tomorrow. It allows individuals to make money from the general public for humanitarian purposes. These plans include health, education, people struck in floods, etc. It is through this website that RanaAyyub had raised funds for the ‘’noble cause’’.
As per latest developments, Vikas Pandey along with Ramesh Solanki, the founders of the Hindu IT Cell, too filed an FIR on 7th September at Indrapuram police station in Ghaziabad in UP. The complaint mentions Rana Ayyub of Money Laundering, Cheating, Dishonest Misappropriation of Property, Criminal Breach of Trust by illegally procuring money from the general public in the name of charity. It states that Rana Ayyub appears to be a journalist by profession and, was receiving foreign funds without any kind of approval certificate/registration from the government, which is needed as per the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010.
Continuing on the legacy of vulturism in the name of journalism, Rana Ayyub had decided to raise funds in the name of a cause. The victim card-playing journalist is alleged to have carried out at least three different fundraisers on Ketto.org. One was for slum dwellers and farmers, the second was intended to benefit migrant workers while the latest fundraiser was carried out for the benefit of daily wage earners. An interesting point to note here is that slum dwellers, farmers, and migrant workers are just categories of daily wage earners. Later it was found that the funds raised through Rana’s campaigns violated FCRA norms. Moreover, the donations given by Twitter users were landing on the personal account of Mrs Ayyub. After the controversy surfaced, Rana Ayyub announced to end her fundraising campaign. She also decided to refund the millions collected by her to the donators indicating that she may be criminally involved in the matter.
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The ultra-left journalist has been on Anti-Hindu, anti-Modi spree throughout her career. She came to the forefront after running an investigative piece on the Gujrat riots. She even wrote a book on the issue, which has been her biggest credential till now.
Honourable Supreme Court dismissed her book stating that “it is based upon surmises, conjectures, and suppositions and has no evidentiary value.” Lately, Rana Ayyub has been on a face-saving spree. After being heavily criticized for her biases, she decided to write on a neutral platform called substack. With the investigation of the Enforcement directorate showcasing fraud and now Ketto deciding to pull itself out of the controversy, Rana Ayyub finally seems to taste the Karma. Recently, she somehow avoided going to jail in the Loni assault case, it’s a matter of time now before police knock on the door of the discredited journalists.