SC asks CBI to get spending details of NGOs

Registered NGOs in the country are set to come under the scanner of the Supreme Court.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 3, 2013 12:53 am

Registered NGOs in the country are set to come under the scanner of the Supreme Court,which on Monday directed the CBI to collect details of all NGOs and apprise it whether they regularly file income-expenditure statements before the Registrar of Societies.

“The CBI is directed to file names of all NGOs registered with the Registrar under the Societies Registration Act. It will also file details whether these NGOs have filed their balance sheets with the concerned agency regularly or not,” said a Bench of Justices H L Dattu and M Y Eqbal. It asked the CBI to file such report within eight weeks.

During the proceeding,the Bench turned down a submission by petitioner M L Sharma over imminent inquiry against the NGO “Hind Swaraj Trust”,run by social activist Anna Hazare. “We are not concerned only with one person or one NGO. We will go step-by-step. You are accusing only one person and talking against only Anna. But it is a PIL. We would first like to get the details of all NGOs. This particular NGO will also provide details,” the court told Sharma.

Sharma’s PIL has alleged funds allocated to Hazare’s trust were siphoned off since its inception in 1995. He contended that no action had been taken against the organisation and that the CBI must be directed to investigate charges relating to funds.

His PIL said that Hazare’s trust,which started with Rs 500 as capital on February 21,1995,could manage a cheque of Rs 45 lakh from the Centre for the expenses for 1994-95 even a few days before its registration on April 6,1995. It also claimed that the trust had received a cheque of Rs 65.85 lakh from the Maharashtra government for 1995-96 on May 9,1995.The petition referred to the Sawant Commission

report 2005.

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