Punjab News Express/ S.K.Vyas
NEW DELHI : The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed charge sheet against i) M/s Sabrang Communications & Publishing Pvt. Ltd. ii) Shri Javed Anand, Director of M/s Sabrang Communications & Publishing Pvt. Ltd. iii) Teesta Setalvad,Director of M/s Sabrang Communications & Publishing Pvt. Ltd. iv) Sushma Raman, then Programme Officer of M/s Ford Foundation Mumbai-based private companies and its two then Directors and then Programme Officer of another private company Under Section 120-B of IPCread with Section 35, Section. 37 read with Section. 3, 11 & 19 of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. 2010 corresponding to Section. 23, 25 read with Section. 4, 6 & 13 of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act., 1976 in the Designated Court at Mumbai.
This was stated by RK.Gaur Spokesperson of the CBI today.He said CBI had registered a case on 08.07.2015. It was alleged that the Mumbai-based Private Limited Company was engaged in publishing books, reports, pamphlets, journals, bulletin covering various aspects of Indian and the world’s socio-economics & political issues and creating social awareness. The two then Directors were the columnist and writing articles in newspapers. It was also alleged that being the columnist, they were not eligible to accept foreign contributions in accordance with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. But they allegedly received foreign contribution amounting to USD 2,90,000(approx) from USA based Foundation in the name of their company and thereby, violated the Sections of FCR Act. It was further alleged that the said private company was engaged in publication and thereby the said company & its representatives were not authorized to receive foreign contribution without prior permission of MHA. On receipt of the foreign contribution from USA based Foundation without prior permission, they allegedly violated the Sections of FCR Act. The said company did not maintain the exclusive bank account for receipt of the foreign contribution.
Gaur said after the thorough investigation, CBI filed a charge sheet the necessary sanction was obtained from Ministry of Home Affairs(Govt of India).
The ACMM Court, Mumbai has taken cognizance of the offenses & issued process and directed the alleged accused persons for appearance before the Court on February 3.2017.
The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.