Charity cleared of links to terrorist group

Charity Commission probe clears Hindu temple Eelapatheeswarar Aalayam of supporting Tamil Tigers

The Charity Commission has cleared the trustees of a Hindu temple in London of having links to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group.

The commission investigated Eelapatheeswarar Aalayam after allegations were made last year by a UK MP that one of its trustees, Rajasingham Jayadevan, was working for the Tamil Tigers and that he and another trustee, Arumugam Vivekananthan, had met the terrorist group in 2005.

According to a regulatory case report published last Friday, commission investigators accepted the trustees' explanation that the 2005 visit, which took place three years before Eelapatheeswarar Aalayam was registered as a charity, had been to discuss peace negotiations and the impact of the Asian tsunami in 2004. It had "minimal relevance to the charity's current work and reputation", they concluded.

They also found no evidence that any of the trustees had made public statements of support for the Tamil Tigers, or that any funds had been misappropriated. But they warned the charity it needed to improve its financial controls.

Last year, the commission was ordered by the charity tribunal to reinstate a trustee of Sivayogam, which also runs a Hindu temple in London.

The commission had argued that the trustee, Nagendram Seevaratnam, had not taken sufficient steps to dissociate himself and the charity from the Tamil Tigers.

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