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Mumbai: A CBI Special Court here on Friday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, paving the way for her immediate arrest.

Soon after, her lawyers moved the Bombay High Court for relief.

Setalvad, Anand and some others have been charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation with fraud and irregularities under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act on foreign donations received by the activist’s Sabrang NGO.

On July 8, the CBI had registered a case against them for accepting foreign donations from the Ford Foundation without seeking prior permission of the concerned authorities.

Last week, the CBI followed this up with raids at Setalvad’s residence and offices in Mumbai for allegedly diverting funds from the foreign donors to her organization.

(IANS)

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Teesta Setalvad NGO to lose its license

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Sabrang Trust run by Teesta Setalvad has been given a notice of cancellation of its registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of 2010 by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday.

If the registration under FCRA is suspended, the organization will not be eligible to attain foreign funding.

According to the sources, the orders suspending Sabrang Trust’s FCRA registration is booked under Section 13 of FCRA. The organization has been issued a 180-day notice to explain why its licence should not be cancelled under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act for violations.

Sabrang Trust is charged with using $2,50,000 worth of foreign contribution for purposes other than it was intended to. These funds were received from Ford Foundation.  The NGO had spent over 64% of total donation worth Rs 48.42 lakh received in 2010-11 on administrative expenses, in excess of the 50% cap mandated under FCRA.

 

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Teesta Setalvad: Is Centre right in making outlandish charges against a venerable public figure

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By Gaurav Sharma

Human rights activist Setalvad and her spouse Javed Anand have landed in the dock for allegedly embezzling funds from their NGO and using them for their personal use.

Apart from accusing Teesta of invoking reimbursements for hairstyling expenditure incurred during “visits to Rome and Pakistan”, the Gujarat government has also accused her of the insidious charge of tampering with evidence to hinder investigation into the misappropriation of funds.

The startling charges were made by the state police while contesting Teesta Setalvad’s plea for anticipatory bail against cheating allegations made by former residents, who were also victims of riots in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre. The hearing was related to a First Information Report which had been filed against her by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch last year in view of the fraud accusation.

A week ago, the CBI had fueled the heavy fire against Teesta Setalvad by filing cases of criminal conspiracy and receiving illegal foreign funding, charges which Teesta out-rightly denied. The CBI barraged through her premises in spite of the anti-communal stalwart agreeing to co-operate with the investigations.

Intriguingly, the CBI raid and local police charges took place barely a day before the appeals by those convicted for the Naroda Patia Massacre case and just two w