Three cases of FCRA violations by NGOs being probed by CBI: Home ministry | India News

NEW DELHI: Three cases relating to misutilisation of foreign contributions by NGOs/associations registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010, were referred to CBI or crime branch of the concerned state police, for a thorough probe, the home ministry told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
While two of these cases were referred to CBI/state crime branch in 2017, one was forwarded in 2019. Also, MoS (home) Nityanand Rai, in written reply to a question, said the FCRA registration of two NGOs was cancelled in the last three years over misutilisation of foreign funds, with both the cases relating to 2017.
The home ministry said there are approximately 22,400 associations and NGOs currently registered under FCRA. Each of them maintains at least one FCRA account in a bank, though they can also open one or more utilisation accounts.
When any case of misuse of the foreign contribution is detected, FCRA, 2010 provides for cancellation of certificate of the NGO/association under Section 14. Cases of serious nature where any offence punishable under the Act is prima-facie made out, may also be referred to an investigating agency under Section 43 of the Act.

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