New Delhi, January 4: The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and a company run by them for alleged violation of foreign funding rules on December 31, 2016.
CBI spokesperson RK Gaur yesterday said, the charge sheet, which has listed the firm Sabrang Communications and Publishing Private Limited and one Sushma Raman, was filed in a Special court in Mumbai on Saturday. The spokesperson further said, the court has taken cognizance of the offenses and directed the accused to appear before it on the 3rd of next month.
Sabrang's records from 2006-07 to 2014-15 allegedly revealed that it received a foreign contribution of not only $2,90,000 from Ford Foundation, but also another Rs 1.3 crore in violation of Section 4(1)(b) of FCRA, 1976, and Section 3(1)(b) of FCRA, 2010. The accused have been charged with criminal conspiracy, said CBI spokesperson R K Gaur.
The Additional Chief Metropolitan magistrate Court, Mumbai, where, the charge sheet has been filed, has taken cognizance of the offenses and directed the accused to appear before the court on February 3.
The probe agency had, in July 2015, registered a case against Setalvad and others for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act in receiving funds from abroad without taking prior permission from the Home Ministry.
Taking on this matter, BJP on Tuesday said the charge sheet reflected rule of law and that law-breaker should understand that "even political patronage will not rescue them anymore". the charge sheet reflected rule of law and that law-breaker should understand that "even political patronage will not rescue them anymore". On the other side, Congress accused the Central government of political vendetta.
Teesta Setalvad has questioned the role of the government in Gujarat violence that saw hundreds dead and thousands displaced from their homes. Interestingly, Setalvad’s organization had come under the scanner of the MHA along with other NGOs for receiving funds from abroad without taking requisite permissions as they were under the “previous permission” category.
Meanwhile, activist Setalvad has denied all the allegations made upon her and on her husband. She claimed that Modi Government is taking revenge and politicizing this matter.