FCRA 'violations': CBI files charge sheet against charitable societies in Kerala


Thiruvananthapuram: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against four individuals and two charitable organisations in a case related to embezzlement of foreign funds.

The CBI recently filed the charge sheet before the Chief Judicial Magistrate here against the Good Samaritan Project India (GSPI), the Catholic Reformation Literature Society (CRLS), and four individuals for allegedly violating the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

"GSPI has mis-utilised the balance amount of Tsunami fund by converting it for its own use." It was directed to use it only for the benefit of Tsunami victims. "The accused decided to misappropriate the balance amount of the Tsunami fund and thereby transferred the said fund to their capital fund and made false statements...," CBI said in its charge sheet.

Both the charity organisations had executed charitable and religious projects of a foreign firm, Woord en Daad, a religious and charitable organisation, in Kerala.

CBI said the accused caused wrongful gain to GSPI and wrongful loss to the foreign funder and the beneficiaries, i.e. victims of the tsunami.

CBI alleged that the GSPI had misappropriated tsunami funds and transferred huge amounts to its capital fund despite making false statements about the same in its annual finance statement.

"GSPI also has mis-utilised the fund given by Woord en Daad for street children school project by converting it in to its own use by starting a school for namesake and closed the school unilaterally and thereby caused wrongful gain to GSPI and wrongful loss to Woord en Daad and the beneficiaries, ie the street children," the charge sheet read.

The CBI said both the agencies have committed various offences under the FCRA.

(PTI)

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