Guj govt wants Teesta's NGO probed for misuse of foreign funds

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Ahmedabad, Apr 14: The Gujarat government has sought a probe into the role of activist Teesta Setalvad's NGO alleging that it misused funds received from a foreign donor to create 'communal disharmony'.

"We have written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking probe into the role of Setalvad's NGO (Sabrang Trust) after we found out funds given to the NGO were misused," Gujarat Minister of State for Home Rajnikant Patel told PTI.

Teesta Setalvad

The Gujarat government and Setalvad are already embroiled in legal battles. [HRD min sets up panel to probe misappropriation charge against Teesta NGO]

While she has filed several cases against the state government functionaries including the former Chief Minister Narendra Modi regarding the 2002 riots, the state police has filed a case of embezzlement of funds against her.

"During the investigation of Gulberg Society museum funds embezzlement case, these things came to light," Patel said.

"We learnt that the funds which they received, especially from the (US-based) Ford Foundation, were actually used for disturbing the communal harmony here and carrying out anti-national propaganda against India in foreign countries," he claimed.

"According to the information given by Ford Foundation (to state police), we came to know that she had used the funds to carry out a campaign against the Gujarat government and also against the country," he said.

"We wrote to the government of India last month seeking probe of this NGO's role and necessary action against it... they (the Centre) can take action such as cancelling its grants or de-listing the NGO," said Patel.

PTI

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