Teesta's NGO set to lose FCRA registration
New Delhi, Sept 10 : The Ministry for Home Affairs is likely to suspend the registration of the Teesta Setalvad run Sabrang Trust under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 2010.
This will block the foreign funding to the NGO. The Home Ministry has also served a notice to the NGO for cancellation of its FCRA licence.
The notice which is likely to be issued today will be under Section 13 of the FCRA.
The notice will detail the violations by the trust. The Sabrang Trust has been accused of using foreign funds to the tune of 2.50,000 US dollars for purposes other than it was intended to.
The funds the investigations show were received from the Ford Foundation.
Once the registration under FCRA is suspended then the NGO will not be entitled to get any more foreign funds.
Moreover, the foreign funds that it has received till date will also be blocked.
It was further alleged by the investigators that the trust used the funds to lobby with media persons in a bid to address communalism and caste based discrimination.
However, the NGO was registered to carry out education related work.
Earlier the Sabrang trust had told the MHA that the charges were baseless.
Teesta had claimed that the probe is politically motivated and the same had been initiated because she had challenged the government in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.