FCRA licence of Indira Jaising’s NGO Lawyers Collective cancelled

Home Ministry cites discrepancies, rule violations; former ASG says exploring legal options

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2016 12:40 pm
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Six months after suspending the FCRA registration of Lawyers Collective, the NGO run by noted lawyer Indira Jaising, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cancelled its FCRA registration permanently, thereby barring the organisation from receiving foreign funds. In its order, dated November 27, the ministry alleged that there were discrepancies in foreign contributions cited by the association in its returns filed with the MHA. The order also stated that Jaising, who was the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India under the previous UPA government, had violated Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) norms by receiving foreign funds when she was a government servant.

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In June, the ministry had suspended Lawyers Collective’s (LC) FCRA account for six months and issued a notice asking why the NGO’s account should not be cancelled.

In an email reply, Jaisingh said, “Lawyers Collective has received (an) order dated November 27 cancelling its registration. Strangely enough, the order is passed on a Sunday, when government offices are closed. The order is regards LC’s replies in fact and in law.”

Jaising wrote, “…certain new allegations have surfaced such as ‘diversion’ of foreign contribution and utilisation for ‘personal gain’, which are not borne out by the facts or the records (and) are absolutely false and defamatory. We are exploring all legal options to challenge the cancellation order, including its defamatory contents, and will take necessary action in an appropriate time.”

A senior government official told The Indian Express that LC has also been put on the list of 25 NGOs found allegedly taking part in activities detrimental to the country’s interest.

To this, Jaisingh remarked, “We call upon the government to make the intelligence reports (based on which LC was put under the list of 25 NGOs) public so that we have an opportunity to challenge the reports against us, an elementary tool of natural justice.”

Jaising, who served as ASG between July 2009 and May 2014, has represented social activist Teesta Setalvad in an FCRA violation case against Setalvad’s Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace. She also represented former Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in his applications to have a Supreme Court-monitored SIT probe into two FIRs filed against him by Gujarat Police.

Jaising’s husband Anand Grover, a senior Supreme Court lawyer and part of LC, was part of a lawyers’ team to petition the Supreme Court on behalf of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon hours before he was to be hanged.

In its showcause, the MHA has alleged that the NGO has “indulged in lobbying with Members of Parliament and thereby influencing the political processes and parliamentary institutions”, which, according to the Home Ministry, is in violation of FCRA norms.

Lawyers Collective, according to the notice, used Rs 13 lakh out of foreign contribution in advocacy with MPs or the media to organise rallies/dharnas, draft legislation meetings in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

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    AKG
    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:12 am
    May the organisation RIP
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      Anil
      Dec 7, 2016 at 5:49 am
      Good step by the govt. For the common man, these NGOs anyway have been of no use.
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        sb
        Dec 7, 2016 at 8:33 am
        These people vitiated the w communal atmosphere of India through false allegations, supporting Terrorists in name of human rights, politicizing encounters...lt;br/gt;This w gang of Testa setelvad, Sanjeev Bhatt, Indira jaiSingh, Harsh mander...lt;br/gt;have worked to alienate Muslims, play minority political game for their own agenda!!lt;br/gt;These Guys should be jailed for their incessant Lies..none of which have ever been proved in a court of Law.
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          deshmukh shekhar
          Dec 7, 2016 at 9:34 am
          Let's be clear, It's an efforts to get rid of malign past. After all, Who is Tessta, Indira Jaisingh and Anand Grover? Someone like it or not,These are the brave hearts, who are constantly fighting on the streets, in the court against wrong deeds of some of heavy weights. Be it from BJP , Congress or any other political outfit. One should understand this is the part of larger game plan. Not having Teesta-Indira-Anand around is the ideal situation to continue hypnotizing people and enhance their (Read :MODI-SHAH) images larger than life. As I mentioned in my earlier post, in this case, to loud or praise establishment for what they are doing, is to endorse democratically sanctioned fascism.
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            deshmukh shekhar
            Dec 7, 2016 at 6:00 am
            Modi is destined SUPERHERO send by god to India. He is transforming hail into heaven. So how come anyone against him be spared.?Label them ANTI NATIONAL-DESHDROHI...chop their feather. So they all can't fly and can't be a obstacle in India's Miraculous GROWTH STORY! Yesterday it was Teesta ,today IndiraJaisingh and Anand Grover expect more in coming days and years. Come on, don't be so naive, Teesta and Indira are not against the interest of the nation but, against the wrong doing of current heavy weights like Mr Modi and Mr Shah. Everybody knows everything, slowly and steadily we are endorsing democratically sanctioned fascism.
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              Deep Maithani
              Dec 8, 2016 at 6:19 am
              विदेशी मुद्रा विनियमन क़ानून (FCRA) के उल्लंघन के आरोप में इंदिरा जयसिंह के NGO का लाईसेंस जो पिछले कुछ माह से निलंबित था, अब पूर्णतः निरस्त कर दिया गया है. इनके NGO को विदेशों से गैर-आनुपातिक फंड मिले, जिसका कोई ठोस हिसाब उनका संगठन पेश नहीं कर पाया... साथ ही जाँच में सामने आया कि समाज कार्यों की बजाय, यह NGOs रैलियों और धरने के लिए पैसा कुछ संगठनों को फारवर्ड कर रहे हैं.lt;br/gt;उल्लेखनीय है कि इंदिरा जयसिंह पिछली सरकार में सॉलिसिटर जनरल रही हैं, गाँधी परिवार के रिश्ते में हैं... और तीस्ता सीतलवाड "जैसों" के केस लड़ने में आगे-आगे रहती हैं... उधर तीस्ता "जावेद"सीतलवाड" व शबनम हाशमी के NGO को भी बड़ी मात्रा में चन्दा प्राप्त हुआ है.... उसकी भी जाँच चल रही है...lt;br/gt;=====================lt;br/gt;ये जो पिछले दो-ढाई साल से सेकुलर बिलबिलाना, वामपंथी कपड़े फाड़ना, और कथित अिष्णुता इत्यादि आप देख रहे हैं, यह इसी बात का नतीजा है कि मोदीजी ने मुफ्तखोरों और चंदाखोरों की दुम पर जूता रखकर मसलना जारी रखा हुआ है... अगले ढाई साल, और उसके बाद पाँच साल और... बस इन देशद्रोही NGOs का खेल खत्म...
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                Franky
                Dec 7, 2016 at 5:53 am
                Very important go after all the top officials of the previous Govt and also the new Govt. The Modi Govt should start cleaning all the Govt Department and officials who are doing favour to one another and keeping the ministers sometime in the dark also sometime getting involved the ministers in their crimes the ministers by asking them to sign. The policy going on in the Govt offices in Central Govt and Also state Govts by senior officials of "You scracth my back and I will scracth your back" which is totally unlawful favouritsm should be stopped and all officials at any level in the Govt or related organisations should be kept under close watch by the anti corruption and anti favourtism bureau.
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                  Franky
                  Dec 7, 2016 at 5:53 am
                  Very important go after all the top officials of the previous Govt and also the new Govt. The Modi Govt should start cleaning all the Govt Department and officials who are doing favour to one another and keeping the ministers sometime in the dark also sometime getting involved the ministers in their crimes the ministers by asking them to sign. The policy going on in the Govt offices in Central Govt and Also state Govts by senior officials of "You scracth my back and I will scracth your back" which is totally unlawful favouritsm should be stopped and all officials at any level in the Govt or related organisations should be kept under close watch by the anti corruption and anti favourtism bureau.
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