Book Raises Queries on Indian Donations to Clinton Foundation

Lalit K Jha/Washington
Book Raises Queries on Indian Donations to Clinton Foundation

A forthcoming book has raised questions about whether former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh was a conduit for powerful interests in India pushing for approval of the Indo-US nuclear deal because of the donations made by him and some organisations to the Clinton Foundation in 2008.

Tabloid New York Post referred to the book Clinton Cash and said that the Clinton Foundation received between USD 1 million and USD 5 million in 2008 from Singh.

In its report, the Post said the 2008 donation by Singh was made as the US Congress debated the approval of the landmark India-US civil nuclear deal.

Hillary Clinton, who was then Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus and an eminent Senator, supported the bill, which was passed by the Congress with an overwhelming majority.

The book's author Peter Schweizer speculates whether Singh was a conduit for other powerful interests in India pushing for approval of the nuclear deal.

"If true, that meant Singh had given between 20 and 100 per cent of his entire net worth to the Clinton Foundation!" Schweitzer says in the book according to The Post.

In New Delhi, Singh denied any wrong doing and claimed he was victim of "assumptions and rumour-mongering."

"I am a victim of assumptions and rumour-mongering. I do not want to comment on assumptions and speculation.

"I am a law abiding citizen who has not violated any law of the land. I am a high-profile person who has been scrutinised legally and administratively by the High Courts of Calcutta and Allahabad, the Kanpur Sessions court, the UP Police and the ED. But nobody could prove anything against me," Singh said.

Both the Clinton Foundation and her campaign have strongly refuted the suggestions of any wrongdoings and have maintained that there was transparency in receiving donations for the foundation's public cause.

"As the Foundation's impact has grown, so too has its commitment to transparency," Maura Pally from the Clinton Foundation said.

Both the State Department and the White House have refused to comment on the questions and controversies surrounding the funding of the Clinton Foundation.

A recent report after Clinton announced her presidency bid, The New York Times reported that "a flow of cash" made its way into the Clinton Foundation during a deal that gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the US.

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