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Monday, November 30, 2015

Centre quizzed about implementation of FCRA

Taking up a public interest litigation, which has sought the creation of an independent body to implement the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), the Delhi High Court has asked the Union government about the modalities for enforcement of the statute.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the Centre earlier this week to file an affidavit explaining the system in place for implementing the FCRA. The court was informed that a similar matter pertaining to funding of some political parties was pending before the Supreme Court.

The matter has been posted for further hearing on February 3, 2016.

The public interest writ petition was moved by NGO Association of Democratic Reforms, contending that the FCRA’s implementation was hampered by “conflict of interest”, as the political parties allegedly violating the law have been part of the ruling establishment. The petitioner had alleged that the FCRA’s implementation appeared to be strict for NGOs, but lenient for politicians.

While seeking directions for the appointment of an independent body, free from political interference, to implement the FCRA, the petitioner NGO said the government had failed to take any action even after the High Court's judgment delivered last year, holding the BJP and Congress prima facie guilty of violating provisions of the Act.

A PIL has sought the creation of an independent body to enforce the Act

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/centre-quizzed-about-implementation-of-fcra/article7928511.ece

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