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Notice to lawyer Indira Jaising's NGO for FCRA 'violation'

New Delhi: A show cause notice has been served by the Home Ministry to an NGO run by Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaising for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.'Lawyers Collective' has allegedly received

PTI PTI Updated on: November 20, 2015 23:33 IST
notice to lawyer indira jaising s ngo for fcra violation
notice to lawyer indira jaising s ngo for fcra violation

New Delhi: A show cause notice has been served by the Home Ministry to an NGO run by Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaising for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

'Lawyers Collective' has allegedly received foreign contribution between 2006-07 and 2013-14 and the Home Ministry reportedly found discrepancy in the filing of annual returns of the NGO where Jaising, who had served as the Additional Solicitor General in UPA government, was functioning as Secretary.

"Yes, the Home Ministry has served a show cause notice to Ms Indira Jaising under FCRA," a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

On behalf of 'Lawyers Collective' and Jaising, a statement was issued saying that "neither I nor the Lawyers Collective has received any notice from you under FCRA relating to allegations about violation of the FCRA or any other law. As and when it is received, it will be responded in accordance with law."

However, the statement disclosed receiving a letter requesting them to answer a "standard questionnaire, which we are in the process of replying" by December 7.

She said, "I am indeed surprised that the notice seems to have been released to the press, even before it is served on Lawyers Collective or me or before I or the Lawyers Collective have had an opportunity to respond to it.

"I am constrained to come to the conclusion that this is an exercise in creating a negative public perception about me and the Lawyers Collective and not about the alleged violations of law."

She expressed hope that the government will follow the legal route, rather than use the press to "achieve extraneous aims".

"I, therefore, request that you refrain from issuing copies of alleged notices, which are meant for me or the Lawyers Collective, to the press and observe due process of law," Jaising, who is at present in the US, said in the statement.

She again reiterated that no notice has been received about the allegations about the violations of the FCRA or any law by her or the 'Lawyers Collective'.

"If it has indeed been issued, you are requested to send it to the registered address of the Lawyers Collective, if it pertains to the Lawyers Collective, or to me if it pertains to me so that an appropriate reply can be made," she said.

Lawyers Collective has its registered office in Mumbai.

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