The government on Thursday cancelled the licence of Activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang trust to receive foreign funds. The trust cannot accept funds from abroad anymore.
Last year, Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the Sabrang Trust’s licence and asked the organisation to explain its foreign funding.
Recently, a home ministry official was arrested after it emerged that he had removed critical files linked to the investigation.
Setalvad, who has for years fought for Gujarat riot victims, has been accused of receiving around Rs 1.8 crore from the US-based Ford Foundation, allegedly in violation of government rules.
The 53-year-old has also been charged by the Gujarat Police of misappropriation of funds meant for victims of the communal riots in the state in 2002. Setalvad has denied any wrongdoing and alleged that she is being persecuted for her campaign for justice for the riot victims.
Amid a crackdown on foreign charities, the home ministry put the $12.5 billion Ford Foundation on a watch list last year.