New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the central government to consider within three months a plea seeking a CBI probe against Team Anna members for allegedly receiving funds illegally from foreign organisations.
The division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked Additional Solicitor General A.S. Chandhiok to treat the petition, filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, as a representation and dispose it in three months after giving a hearing to him.
The petition alleged that Team Anna members received foreign funds for their agitation on Lokpal Bill in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).
The court also directed petitioner Sharma to submit a copy of his petition to the home ministry.
Sharma in his petition said that the FCRA mandated NGO members to seek permission from the central government in order to receive any fund from a foreign company or organisation.
The petitioner presented a list of foreign companies and organisations which allegedly provided funds to Team Anna for the anti-graft agitation.
Seeking prosecution of the members of Team Anna, the petition said: "The court be pleased to declare the foreign-sponsored agitation as illegal, unconstitutional...."