Minister KT Jaleel has said that he has not received any foreign donations or gifts from diplomats in his life. In an open letter to Benny Behan, the minister pointed out that neither he nor anyone else had accepted Indian currency or foreign currency even in the form of a single rupee note.
UDF convener Benny Behanan had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that KT Jalil had received foreign funds without central approval. Jalil alleged that Benny Behanan, without any remorse, described the exchange of foreign funds and accepting donations as part of the charity given to a number of deserving poor families, regardless of party, political, religious or caste, as part of the UAE Consulate ‘assistance during the holy month of Ramadan. Jalil explained his part in the controversy surrounding the distribution of Ramadan kits through an open share he shared on Facebook.
Dear Mr. Benny Behanan MP,
I was able to find out through the news media that you had sent a letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India alleging that I had received foreign funds. This open letter is intended to draw your attention to the following facts in its context.
As a Member of Parliament, as a public figure with a mass relationship, and above all as a UDF Convener, I think you will surely know the virtue and importance of the good deed of Zakat. Zakat is not a gift or a gift. Rather, it is a sacred act that reveals the depth of love and respect for one’s fellow man. During the holy month of Ramadan, as in previous years, as part of the UAE Consulate’s ‘assistance’, you have unconditionally described the exchange of foreign funds and donations as part of the virtue bestowed on a number of deserving poor families, regardless of party, political, religious or caste affiliation.
ബെന്നിബെഹനന് ഒരു തുറന്ന കത്ത്പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട ശ്രീ ബെന്നി ബെഹനൻ MP അവർകൾക്ക്, താങ്കൾ ബഹുമാനപ്പെട്ട…
Did you know that Indian embassies and consulates in foreign countries also provide confectionery packets and cake boxes from time to time during Diwali, New Year, Christmas, and Ramadan to the heads of the respective countries and the poor, irrespective of their nationality? No one has ever heard of any of this being accused of violating the existing foreign exchange laws in various countries. To this day, everyone has seen such expressions of love as a reflection of the friendship and sincere closeness of the nations and peoples of the world.
As mentioned in your letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, neither I nor anyone else has accepted Indian currency or foreign currency in the form of a single rupee note. As you mentioned in the letter, I did not request that the UAE Consulate provide Ramadan food kits. On May 27, 2020, the Consul General sent me a WhatsApp message regarding this. It still lies on my phone without being deleted. If you ever come across it in person, I will show it to you. I have said this in public.