Source: RSS Press Release
NEW DELHI, INDIA, March 14, 2001: RSS leader Shri Mohan Bhagwat, denied today that R.K. Gupta, one of the persons caught taking bribes in a clever scam by the web site Tehelka, was not associated with the RSS. He said, "The reports say that Shri Gupta described himself as "National Trustee" of the RSS. I have to clarify that RSS is not a trust and hence neither Shri Gupta nor anybody else can be a Trustee of the RSS. Shri Gupta, though known to some of our workers in Delhi, has no position in the RSS. He is neither a member of any central or provincial organizational unit nor is he any office bearer in the RSS. In the report it is also alleged that Shri R. K. Gupta floated a society named 'Friends of India Society International' and that he was its sole trustee. Our inquiry from our contacts in England inform us that the 'Friends of India Society International' is not a trust nor is Mr. Gupta its trustee."