Following the Union Home Ministry recommendation, the CBI on Wednesday registered a case against Sabrang Communications and Publishing Private Limited, represented by its directors Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and others, for alleged illegal receipt and use of foreign funds.
“We have registered a case of alleged conspiracy and violation of various provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act . Those named are the directors of Sabrang Communications, Ms. Setalvad, her husband Mr. Anand, and Peshimam Gulam Mohammed, besides other unknown persons,” said a CBI official.
The agency has alleged that Sabrang Communications received funds from foreign donors without a valid FCRA registration or prior clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The agency may soon summon the company directors for questioning.
According to an MHA report, Ms. Setalvad’s organisations, Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace, received foreign funds of over Rs.1 crore between 2008 and 2014, and the money was diverted from stated purposes in violation of FCRA provisions.