NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ suspended for 6 months
Continuing its crackdown against foreign-funded NGOs, the home ministry has suspended the FCRA registration of Lawyers Collective, an advocacy NGO founded by activist lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover.
The home ministry went on to argue that the NGO had been using foreign funds for organising protests and rallies ‘with political hue and colour’.
The government also raised a flag over the utilisation of foreign funds for lobbying with members of Parliament, insisting that this amounted to influencing the political process which was a violation of law.
The NDA government started withdrawing registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act – which is necessary to receive foreign funds – in 2015. It cancelled FCRA registration of 10,000 NGOs and other organisations the same year.
Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) regulates the foreign contribution (money donation) and foreign hospitality (e.g. free airplane tickets and hotel lodging during videsh-yaatra) given to various NGOs, institutes, judges, journalists, public servants etc.
To check that foreigners are not affecting India’s electoral politics, public servants, judges, journalists, NGOs etc. for wrong purposes FCRA Act is enacted. If someone violates the FCRA act, he can be sent to jail for up to 5 years.