Law to curb illegal activities of Trusts soon: Balakrishnan

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 24: The Kerala Government proposes to introduce a new legislation for Trusts on the lines of Rajasthan and Maharashtra to check their illegal activities, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told the State Assembly today.

According to the existing Travancore-Kochi Charitable Act and Malabar Societies Act, the government had limitations in taking action against illegal activities of those trusts formed with family members, he said while replying to questions by Mr Raju Abraham (CPI-M) and others.

The government was aware of certain individuals accepting foreign funds in the name of these trusts and utilising it for their own benefits, he added.

The government had also found that fake NGOs were accepting funds from foreign countries through NOC given by the District Collectors.

Though the government had no right to take action against them, it would conduct raids in their organisations and if anything found illegal it would be informed to the Centre for initiating action against them, Mr Balakrishnan said.

However, he clarified that the government would take action against any such individual or organisation if any complaint was received.

In another supplementary question, he made it clear that no organisation or individual would be allowed to take law into their hands in the name of acting against fake spiritual leaders or organisations.

If they had any complaint, they should give it in writing and the government would take action against them, he said and warned that it would take stern action against fake 'godmans.' The Home Minister informed that the government would enact a legislation to check increasing cyber crime.

UNI

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