Foreign Funding Cancellation No Surprise, Will Challenge It: Sabrang Trust

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Foreign Funding Cancellation No Surprise, Will Challenge It: Sabrang Trust

Activist Teesta Setalvad's NGO cannot accept foreign funds, says the government.

New Delhi:  Sabrang Trust, activist Teesta Setalvad's NGO, on Thursday expressed regret over the government's decision of cancelling its FCRA registration but said it was "no surprise" and the order was imminent.

The NGO said it plans to challenge the Home Ministry's decision to bar it from receiving foreign funds.

In a statement, the NGO said the allegations levelled against it showed a complete non-application of mind and that the trust had responded "point-by-point and para-by-para".

"That the cancellation order was imminent was apparent from the mere show of a personal hearing granted to Sabrang Trust on April 11, 2016. The hearing was over in less than 10 minutes.

"The trustees regret to note that today's order of the Home Ministry is simply a mechanical reiteration of the very same allegations made earlier, in total disregard to the detailed and reasoned explanations and arguments put forward by the trust," the statement said.

Sabrang Trust will actively explore all legal options to challenge the Home Ministry's order cancelling its FCRA registration, it said.

 

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