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FCRA violation: CBI looking into legal issues

The CBI has not registered a case into the alleged violation of FCRA by some NGOs due to legal and technical issues.

New Delhi: The CBI has not registered a case
on a complaint of the Home Ministry seeking a probe into the
alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act by
some NGOs due to legal and technical issues.

Sources in the CBI said there were many such issues which
need to be sorted out before a decision can be taken on
whether to file a preliminary enquiry or regular case.

They said the complaint about alleged contravention of
the provisions of FCRA, 2010 against two Tamil Nadu-based NGOs
was being examined by the legal experts as well.

The Home Ministry referred two cases of FCRA violation to
the CBI last week and two cases to Tamil Nadu Police.

Bank accounts of these four NGOs were frozen after an
inquiry conducted by the Home Ministry reportedly found them
diverting funds meant for charity to fuel the protests.

The action came days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
stated that NGOs have received support from abroad for leading
protests against the much-awaited nuclear power plant.

The government has also prepared a list of 77 NGO, mainly
based in the US and European Union, and Indian missions abroad
have been told to keep a check on visas being considered for
members of these organisations.

The list was prepared by the Home Ministry after a
discreet probe by security agencies with the help of Central
Economic Intelligence Bureau in which role of some NGOs
especially those based in the US and European Union was looked
into, the sources said.


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