Activities not conducive to national interest’: Jaising NGO, 24 others denied FCRA licences

Indira Jaising
Senior Lawyer Indira Jaising

New Delhi, Nov 11 : An NGO run by lawyer Indira Jaising who had sought a reprieve for 1993 Mumbai blast convict one suspected of “funding proselytization” and yet another that opposed the nuclear project are among 25 NGOs whose was not renewed for “anti-national” activities.

Jaising’s Lawyers Collective and Compassion East India, an affiliate of US-based NGO Compassion International, are among the NGOs that cannot receive foreign funds for alleged activities “not conductive to a national interest”. According to official sources, Lawyers Collective, Compassion East India, People’s Watch, Sanchal Foundation Hazards Centre, Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) and Institute of Public Health (Bengaluru) are among the 25 NGOs that had applied for renewal of their five-year license under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act, 2010.

The applications filed ahead of an expiry of licence on October 31, 2016 were declined by the home ministry last month after intelligence agencies flagged their “anti-national activities and violations of FCRA provisions,” said an official.

Jaising and her husband Anand Grover had moved a last-minute petition in SC last year to challenge the rejection of Yakub Memon’s clemency plea.Jaising has since sought to link the government’s crackdown on her NGO, which led to a suspension of its FCRA license in June this year, to the petition moved by her on Yakub’s behalf. (INPUTS TOI)


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