Home ministry to look into Teesta Setalvad’s funding row

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2015 01:31 IST

The Union home ministry may decide in a week’s time on the allegations that social activist Teesta Setalvad’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) misused foreign donations received from international donor Ford Foundation, sources said.

All foreign donations are governed under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) and under the Act, the home ministry has already inspected Teesta’s NGOs Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace after it received a reference from the Gujarat government in this regard.

“Trustees and office bearers of Sabrang Trust as well as Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) do not see themselves as above the law. They believe in the law of the land and expect others to do so as well. We believe that neither Sabrang Trust nor CJP violated FCRA provisions or for that matter any law of the land,” Setalvad said in a statement.

“We will finalise the inspection report in a week’s time and if necessary, may seek further clarifications from the NGOs as well,” said a senior MHA official.

When asked about inquiring into Ford Foundation’s donations, the official added as of nothing can be said for certain as the report is yet to be finalised. “But if we found that Ford Foundation knowingly allowed its donations to be misused, action can be taken against it,” said the official.

(With PTI inputs)

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