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Activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO will need MHA nod for foreign funds

The CJP is alleged to have violated various provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2015 10:16 am
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In more trouble for Teesta Setalvad, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has put her NGO, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), under the “prior permission category”.

Confirming the move, a home ministry official said, “CJP will now require prior approval from the foreigners division of the MHA before it can accept or use any foreign contribution.”

The CJP is alleged to have violated various provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

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According to the MHA, although the CJP was registered for “educational and economic” purposes, it had received foreign contribution for activities such as “legal aid” that falls under the “social” purpose. This constituted a violation of FCRA rules, said the MHA.

The CJP, which has been fighting cases for victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots, and Sabarang Trust, run by Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, were issued notices by the MHA about two months ago. According to the MHA, inspection of records and books of accounts of the two NGOs allegedly revealed “irregularities and financial misappropriation”.

In their replies, the two NGOs said they were not guilty of any financial irregularities and that no foreign contribution was misused by any office bearer. The MHA had inspected the accounts of the two NGOs in April following a request from the Gujarat government.

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    Bijan Mohanty
    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm
    Why MHA nod for foreign funds? One rule for Teesta and another rule for others? Is it Narendra Modi Law ?
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      Murthy
      Jul 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm
      Teesta is backed by fake H R activists. The gang of fake activists protested against Russia aided Kudamkulam Atomic Power project, they support prabhakaran of LTTE, they support Rajiv's killers, this gang also supported veerappan and his ociates. This gang does not have courage to protest atrocities committed in Muslim countries but only targets India. So, anybody can understand the background of these fake H R activists.
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      1. Dinesh Singh
        Jul 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm
        On the name of NGO she appeared less social worker but more politician. She has to decide between two and choose one.
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        1. Pandurang Bhanage
          Jul 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm
          Expedite investigation and put this lady behind the bar for a rest, she so richly deserves (AND THE COUNTRY FROM HER). Let her rot there.
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          1. Pandurang Bhanage
            Jul 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm
            Teesta saw 2002 riots as a big opportunity for making money and she has amed wealth in the name of helping victims. Now her supporters ('Sicu'larists and media) would cry that she is the victim
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