The Union Home Ministry on Thursday cancelled the registration of Sabrang Trust, an NGO managed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, nearly nine months after it had suspended the Trust’s licence. Home Ministry officials claimed a detailed inquiry had found violations into Sabrang’s funding and its utilisation. “In exercise of powers conferred by clauses (b), (c) and (d) of sub-section (1) of Section 14 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010, the central government hereby cancels the permanent registration of Sabrang Trust with immediate effect,” the Home Ministry order said.
“During inspections, various irregularities were found in Sabrang Trust, where Teesta Setalvad her spouse Javed Anand work as chief functionary or trustee, and after careful examination of the NGO's response, its registration was cancelled,’’ the order further stated. Sabrang Trust had spent over 50 per cent of its foreign funding on administrative expenses in the year 2010-11 and 2011-12 which was in violation of section 8 of FCRA. Teesta has pursued the cases of post-Godhra riots victims in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was CM of the state.