New Delhi: On Thursday, when the Home Ministry barred influx of foreign funds and suspended the license of NGO, Lawyers Collective, former ASG (Additional Solicitor General of India) Indira Jaising said that the Centre was “victimising the organisation” and misusing the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).
Citing that Indira Jaising had received foreign funds while assuming the position of a public servant, the Home Ministry implied that her NGO had violated the norms of the FCRA when receiving foreign funds.
Moreover, the Home Ministry claimed that the NGO had organised rallies on many separate occasions and because they were political in nature, it violated the norms of FCRA which was implemented in 2009. After banning foreign funds of the NGO, the ministry told the Lawyers Collective to reason out in 30 days why its FCRA registration should not be cancelled.
Jaising was ASG under the UPA regime where she represented Yakub Memon to file his plea before the Supreme Court preceding his hanging. Jaising has also fought against BJP leader Amit Shah who was acquitted from the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
In its official statement, the NGO said that it condemned the blatant attempt of the government of India to victimise the organisation and its office bearers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover. “This is nothing but a gross misuse of the FCRA act which is being used to suppress any form of dissent,” it said.
“The allegation against Jaising was based on the footing that she was a government servant, who was prohibited from receiving FC under the FCRA. However, she was a public servant and not a government servant, on whom there was no bar to receive FC. In any event, FC was received only by LC and Jaising was only paid remuneration for her services rendered to LC, on whom there is no prohibition. This aspect has not even been looked at by the authorities.”
The NGO also criticised the government for making the news public and denigrating the reputation of the NGO.