A Frisco-based group that has generated controversy and concern among local Indian Americans is being accused of the “promotion of hate and violence against religious minorities in India” in a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service.

The complaint, filed Jan. 29, 2024, by a group of nonprofits, seeks to revoke the tax-exempt status of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation.

“We write to alert you of what we believe are activities — namely, the promotion of hate and violence against religious minorities in India — that fall outside any legitimate charitable purpose and mission,” says the complaint, which was reviewed by The Dallas Morning News.

Founded in 2006, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is led by Prakasarao Velagapudi, a retired sociology professor who helped coordinate the planning and construction of Frisco’s Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, according to a 2017 CV. The temple previously denied any relationship with the group in an interview with The News.

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