FIR against Harsh Mander’s NGO for linking funds from Islamist org accused of terror funding

NewsBharati    22-Feb-2021   
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New Delhi, February 22: The Economic Offence Wing of Delhi Police on Monday registered a case under section 406,409,420,120’B’ of IPC against Harsh Mander’s NGO Centre for Equity Studies (CES) and its officials where Mander is the director. The FIR has probably been filed for criminal breach of trust. 
This is after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in its inspection had revealed financial irregularities in shelter homes established by the NGO. A case of child sexual abuse was also alleged in one of the shelter homes.
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The shelter homes in question were being funded by the Center for Equity Studies, the Rainbow Foundation of India (RFI), the Association for Rural and Urban Needy (ARUN-India), the ‘Dil Se Campaign’ of Can Assist Society and Aman Biradari, another organisation of Harsh Mander. As it turns out, ARUN has disclosed that it has received Rs. 35,00,000 from Islamic Relief Worldwide in its FCRA submission in 2019.

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The Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) funding ARUN is to be a clear focus hear as the IRW to say is banned from operating in Israel over allegations of funding Hamas, recognized as a terrorist organisation in multiple countries. The government of Bangladesh had accused it of funding militants and encouraging radicals as well. The German government also had claimed that they have ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, another organization banned in multiple countries.

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An FIR was registered at the shelter home subsequently for the child sex abuse complaint. Mander is a former member of Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council (NAC) and a member of an organisation having links with Italian Secret Service and the Italian government.

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