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Supreme Court grants four weeks' time to CBI to furnish details of all registered NGOs

he Supreme Court on Monday granted four more weeks' time to the CBI to collect details about all registered NGOs in the country and whether they file balance sheets before the authorities.

A bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattuand Justice AK Sikri asked the probe agency to write to the chief secretaries of the states which are not providing the details despite the court order in this regard.
"We will direct the CBI to take appropriate steps," the bench said during the brief hearing of the 2011 PIL filed by lawyer ML Sharma.

The counsel for the CBI informed the court that various states like Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab have so far not responded to its queries. The court in July had granted three more months to CBI to provide details about all registered NGOs.

The agency, however, had submitted that most of the NGOs are not filing IT returns. It had said that Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have not given information about the NGOs working in their states and Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odishaand Maharashtra provided only partial inputs.

NGOs have come under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court on September 2, 2013 asking the CBI to provide details about such registered organisations and their financial statements on a PIL seeking probe into alleged embezzlement of funds.

The apex court had expanded the scope of the PIL which was filed in 2011 against an NGO, Hind Swaraj Trust, run by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare. Earlier, the agency had expressed difficulty in probing and collecting information on NGOs and had pleaded that the task be handed over to states, but the plea was summarily rejected by the court which directed the agency to comply with its order.

"If CBI can probe murder cases then why not probe against NGOs? You can do so many things, you do it also," the bench had said.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-supreme-court-grants-four-weeks-time-to-cbi-to-furnish-details-of-all-registered-ngos-2036069

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