Teesta NGO under lens

Teesta NGO under lens

In yet another action against civil society organisations, activist Teesta Setalvad's NGO will face CBI probe on charges of misuse of foreign funds to the tune of Rs 3 crore, even as the Union Home Ministry has seized its bank account that deals with contributions from abroad.

Setalvad, who heads Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace, is in the forefront of the legal fight on behalf of Gujarat riot victims against the state government and the then chief minister, Narendra Modi. She has been accused of embezzling funds meant for the riot victims.

Senior Home Ministry officials said they had found that funds received by Setalvad's NGO from the Ford Foundation were transferred to Sabrang Communication and Publishing Pvt Limited (SCPPL) without permission from the authorities concerned.

The Home Ministry has frozen the NGO's IDBI bank account as it was maintained against the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) regulations. Setalvad was not available for comments.

As per the letter sent to the CBI, the ministry said SCPPL received foreign donation of $290,000 and Rs 1.30 crore in “contravention” of the FCRA and without getting its clearance.

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