MHA suspends NGO’s license with links to The Wire, ex-SC judge Madan Lokur
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) this year has suspended the license of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) 2010. An FCRA license is mandatory for a non-profit organization to receive foreign funds.
It is important to note CHRI is funded by the US Department of State (American Embassy), the British High Commission in New Delhi, and the High Commission of Canada in 2021.
The NGO also has links to Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of publication the Wire, and the retired Justice Madan Lokur of the Supreme Court, who also happens to be an executive committee member of the CHRI.
Justice Madan Lokur is the same who was appointed by the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to investigate the Pegasus ‘snoop gate.’
According to a report, while the fundings from the US was for “Advocacy and Outreach Programme for Detainees in the North Eastern States of India”, the purpose of funding from the UK was to “Research on Pace of Justice issues in India and their impact on Foreign National detainees and victims of crime” and the Canadian contribution was for “Reimbursement of Expenditure”.
Apart from them, the CHRI has also received contributions from the Kaleidoscope Diversity Trust, Friedrich Naumman Stiftung – Germany, The Hanns Seidel Foundation and others.
Additionally, apart from CHRI, the ministry has suspended the licenses of 13 NGOs and associations which includes Christian evangelist groups and Islamic charities after they were allegedly found indulging in "religious conversion" activities in tribal areas of the country.
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