for Tiger claws in White Pigeon
From Neville de Silva in London
The UK Charity Commissioner who de-listed the UK-based Tamil Rehabilitation
Organisation (TRO) 10 days ago for links with the LTTE is looking
at another organisation registered as a charity here for possible
Tiger connections, informed sources said.
scrutiny is an organisation named The White Pigeon (Venn Pura) that
sprang into public prominence after last December’s tsunami,
though it had been in existence before then.
the time it started collecting public donations it was not a registered
charity. Leaflets distributed by The White Pigeon calling for funds
gave the name of a registered charity it claimed was collaborating
with the fund raising.
When a sympathetic British public made unprecedented donations to
various charitable organisations and NGOs, The White Pigeon registered
as a charity and obtained a number as an officially recognised charity.
complaints had been lodged with the Charity Commission about the
activities of The White Pigeon. Among the issues being examined
is whether The White Pigeon collected public donations before it
was registered as a charity in the UK on January 4, this year.
Guardian report by Steven Morris said on January 1, “The White
Pigeon said it has raised £500,000 from the Tamil community
Another matter being looked into is whether the TRO and The White
Pigeon have some common trustees on their board.
to contact Dr. Sathya Moorthy, said to be a trustee of The White
Pigeon, to verify this information failed as his office was closed
and his mobile phone number was not made available to this correspondent.