Centre stalling action against Congress, BJP for foreign contributions, ADR tells SC

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New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 11:53:35 PM

NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that while the central government was hauling up NGOs for allegedly misutilising funds received from overseas sources, but was stalling the action against Congress and BJP for accepting donations from foreign...

While adjourning the matter, the bench directed its hearing on September 14 and 15 and made it clear that it would not entertain any request for adjournment. (PTI)While adjourning the matter, the bench directed its hearing on September 14 and 15 and made it clear that it would not entertain any request for adjournment. (PTI)

NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that while the central government was hauling up NGOs for allegedly misutilising funds received from overseas sources, but was stalling the action against Congress and BJP for accepting donations from foreign companies which is prohibited under the law.

“While NGOs are being hit for violating the provision of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 (FCRA Act) but they (centre) are stalling the implementation” of the Delhi High Court verdict directing action against Congress and BJP for accepting contribution from foreign companies, counsel Prashant Bhushan told the bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra.

Bhushan, appearing for ADR, said this as counsel for the central government sought adjournment of the hearing saying that Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who is appearing in the matter, was not available. Even the counsel for Congress too had sought an adjournment.

While adjourning the matter, the bench directed its hearing on September 14 and 15 and made it clear that it would not entertain any request for adjournment.

Addressing the court, Bhushan said that both Congress and BJP received money from the companies which were subsidiaries of foreign companies registered outside India, referring to Sterlite Industries and Sesa Goa – subsidiaries of Britain-based Vedanta Resources Plc.

However, both Congress and BJP have disputed this position stating that even though Sterlite Industries and Sesa Goa were subsidiaries of Vedanta Resources Plc but 51 of its shares were owned by Indian citizen Anil Agarwal. This position was backed by the central government before the high court and is being reiterated before the top court.

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