A publishing firm owned by social activist Teesta Setalvad, has landed into probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation for alleged violation of Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA).
Sabrang Communication and Publishing Private Limited(SCPPL) allegedly accepted a donation of $290,000 and $131,000 from Ford Foundation without getting prior approval from the union home ministry and in violation of FCRA.
Officials say that a case is likely to be slapped by the agency against Setalvad in this regard in the next few days.
Previously, several cases have been filed by Setalvad, through her non-governmental organisation, against Gujarat government officials including former chief minister Narendra Modi for alleged involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.
Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.
“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.
Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.
“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?
“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.