Delhi govt slaps show-cause on NGO
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 10:56
New Delhi: The Delhi government has slapped two show-cause notices on an NGO run by Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta's wife, days after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit levelled allegations of irregularities against the party and linked the opposition leader to the organisation.

The first notice to the NGO, Sampurna, was served last Wednesday for failing to provide the annual list of governing body members since its inception in 2000, which the government said was a violation of provisions of the Society Registration Act, government sources said.

The notice was issued by Firm and Societies Section of the Industries department two days after Dikshit alleged that the NGO headed by Gupta's wife Shobha Vijender managed to collect huge sums of money from the BJP-ruled MCD but nobody knew how the organisation was spending the funds.

The department has directed the NGO to file its reply to the allegation as well as furnish the list of its governing body members within 15 days, warning that failing to comply with the notice will invite action prescribed under the Act.

The second notice was issued on Thursday by the Industries department after it received a complaint alleging that the NGO furnished a "false affidavit" to obtain government registration.

The complainant, S C Koli, who is the secretary of an NGO called Jan Adhar Manch, sought action against Sampurna alleging that the NGO produced a "false affidavit" stating that none of its members has blood relation with each other, which is a mandatory norm for any voluntary body to get government registration.

The NGO has been told to reply within seven days to the show-cause notice as to why action should not be taken against it as per provision of the relevant law.

The complainant has alleged that the NGO is being run from Gupta's office premise.

The BJP leader has already served a legal notice to Dikshit asking her to tender an unconditional apology and withdraw her statement alleging that the NGO is involved in "wrongdoings".

He had threatened to file a defamation suit against Dikshit, claiming her comments damaged his reputation.

Addressing a press conference on Monday last, Dikshit had alleged that Sampurna managed to collect huge sums of money from the BJP-ruled MCD but nobody knew how the organisation was spending the funds. Dikshit had linked Gupta, who himself is an MCD councillor, to the NGO.

The NGO has denied all the allegations.


First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 10:56

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