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Teesta firm accused of violating FCRA

Staff Reporter | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 09:29 AM IST

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Mumbai: A special Central Bureau of India (CBI) Magistrate’s court on Friday granted bail to social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, who are accused of violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The CBI has alleged that Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd run by the two allegedly utilised funds received from the Ford Foundation in violation of foreign funding rules. The agency had in December 2016 filed its chargesheet accusing Setalvad, Anand and their company Sabrang Communications and Publishing Limited for receiving US $ 2.9 lakh in foreign donations, which was against the provisions of FCRA.

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The agency had also booked the then programme officer of Ford Foundation – Sushma Raman for allegedly conniving with Setalvad and her husband and granted the amount in violation of the foreign funding laws.

According to CBI, the company owned by Setalvad and her husband is engaged into publication work and hence is not authorised to receive foreign contribution without prior permission from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Pursuant to the earlier directions of the Magistrate, all the accused appeared before the court and subsequently surrendered, which is part of the legal procedure.

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Published on: Saturday, February 04, 2017, 06:52 AM IST