Home Ministry serves notice to two NGOs run by Teesta Setalvad

The Home Ministry investigation also found that Anand has taken international medical policy for visiting Lahore and debited the amount in the account of Sabrang Trust.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2015 6:20 pm
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Two NGOs run by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband have been served notice by Home Ministry for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and asked to reply within 15 days.

Sabarang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), run by Teesta and her husband Javed Anand, were served the notice two days ago following an on-site inspection of records and books of accounts carried out by Home Ministry officials in April this year.

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Sources said during the probe it was found that they were running a magazine Communalism Combat as co-editors as well as printer and publisher of their company Sabrang Communication and Publishing Pvt Ltd (SCPPL) and allegedly received foreign contribution.

Under the FCRA, no foreign contribution shall be accepted by any correspondent, columnist, cartoonist, editor, owner, printer or publisher of a registered newspaper.

CJP, which has been fighting cases for victims of 2002 Gujarat riots, had received a total foreign contribution of around Rs 1.18 crore from 2008-09 to 2013-14. According to notice, more than 80 per cent or nearly Rs 95 lakh was spent for legal aid.

While the entity was registered for ‘Educational and Economic’ purposes, it received foreign contribution for activities such as ‘Legal Aid’ which is covered under purpose ‘Social’. Hence, it violated the provisions of the FCRA rules, they contended.

“On review of vouchers of the association it was found that Sabrang Trust have made payment of Rs 12 lakh from FCRA designated account to Citi Bank and Union Bank of India on account of credit facilities taken through credit cards belonging to Setalvad and Anand.

“This amounts to use of foreign contribution for the purposes not authorised as per the provisions of FCRA 2010. Thus association has violated Section 8(1) (a) of FCRA 2010,” the Home Ministry notice said.

The Home Ministry investigation also found that Anand has taken international medical policy for visiting Lahore and debited the amount in the account of Sabrang Trust.

Further, even book purchases and travel expenses incurred by him to attend meetings with People’s Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL) were debited in Sabrang Trust allegedly in violation of Section 8(1)(a) of FCRA.

The Home Ministry’s inspection has also found that an amount of Rs 50 lakh was allegedly transferred by Sabrang Trust to SCPPL which is not registered under FCRA. FCRA rules prohibit transfer of foreign contribution to non-FCRA account unless such entity is also registered and had been granted the certificate or obtained prior permission under this Act.

The investigation also found various alleged irregularities like administrative expenditure exceeding more than 50 per cent.

Besides, different figures towards expenses incurred on legal aid in the books of accounts and in the receipts of payment accounts, closing balance of the proceeding year was allegedly not reported as opening balance and even the funds received from United Nations not found in the bank statement, the sources claimed.

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  1. Cybil Penning
    Jan 29, 2017 at 5:24 pm
    Teesta is a bete noire of those who love truth without any bias. Sorry madam...bad luck.
    1. V
      Jun 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm
      If action is takrn against jihadis or supporters of jihadis or these fraudsters then the w media starts giving it a hue of vindictiveness and attack on freedom. When UPA was hoisting false cases then the same media kept quite and infact started to pronounce the accuse as guilty before even any court judgement came out. Media has sold out its soul and if Sonia led UPA had imposed emergency this media would have gleefully supported it
      1. Alani Adana
        Jun 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm
        stan connections???? ex foreign minister salman and mani Shankar connexions should be found out?????
        1. B
          Bijan Mohanty
          Jun 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm
          There is no problem in debiting the medical insurance to the trust account because the trustee had gone abroad on TRUST work. Let MHA stop this practice of serving wrongful notices.
          1. B
            Jun 20, 2015 at 2:00 am
            Ms Seetalvad and her husband who had for the last ten years been misguiding the public specially "Minority Community", shall now have to face this Foreign Exchange violation rules. I doubt they would be in a position to prove their innocence. Even their abettors Congress and other Muslim or so called Pseudo Secularists shall abonden them . Bure karmon key bure nateeje keh Das Kabir.
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