FCRA licence of activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang has been cancelled, reported ANI.
This comes after the Ministry of Home Affairs cancelled the licence for Supreme Court lawyer, Indira Jaising for six months.
After today’s decision, Sabrang Trust will not be able to receive funds from abroad.
The MHA had suspended the Sabrang Trust’s licence last year and had asked it to explain its foreign funding.
Recently, a home ministry official was arrested after it emerged that he had removed critical files linked to the investigation.
Reacting to the development, Setalvad said that she wasn’t surprised adding that her organisation would explore legal options to challenge the new MHA order.
A Sabrang statement said, “This brings no surprise to the trustees of Sabrang, its a mechanical reiteration of the same allegation made earlier. Will actively explore all legal options to challenge the MHA order.”
Modi government has received flak human right organisations both in India and abroad for being vindictive against those who critised its policies or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Setalvad has been working for the justice to the victims of the 2002 anti-Muslims carnage carried out by Hindutva forces during Modi’s time as Gujarat chief minister.
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