Assam: FIR against AIUDF chief’s foundation over foreign funds ‘misuse’

The FCRA is a legislation to regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain individuals or associations or companies.
Assam: FIR against AIUDF chief’s foundation over foreign funds ‘misuse’
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GUWAHATI

A right-wing leader has lodged an FIR against Hojai-based Ajmal Foundation, a public charitable trust with Assam MP Badruddin Ajmal as its chief patron, for receiving funds from foreign agencies allegedly linked to terrorist groups.

The complaint, lodged with the Dispur Police Station here by Satya Ranjan Borah on Friday, is based on the report of Legal Rights Observatory (LRO), a legal rights body affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

“Ajmal Foundation, an organisation run by Moulana Badruddin Ajmal, chief of AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front), is being funded by some foreign agencies which are related to funding different terrorist groups and their terror activities as reported by an NGO, Legal Rights Observatory. Therefore, considering the report, we want proper investigation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act… Ajmal Foundation has misused those foreign funds in several anti-national activities,” Borah alleged in the FIR.

The FIR has been filed under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 124A (sedition) and 420 (cheating) of IPC read with Section 13 of FCRA.

LRO alleged that Ajmal Foundation had violated the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010 by utilising only ₹ 2.05 crore of the ₹ 69.55 crore received (for education-related purposes) from the foreign agencies.

Refuting the allegations, Ajmal told newsmen that “his Foundation receives money under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010, which is a very strict law”.

The FCRA is a legislation to regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain individuals or associations or companies. The Act has provisions to prohibit acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for any activities detrimental to the national interest.

“We cannot misuse even a penny (under FCRA)... the fact that we have been receiving the funds under renewed agreements for long now, so there is no objection under the law,” Ajmal clarified.

“The central government monitors the utilisation of the funds closely and we are required to submit reports on receipt and expenditures. The UK government too examines the fund allocations and if there would have been wrongdoing, it would have cancelled our license,” he said.

Meanwhile, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the central government would start an investigation into the allegations of funds misuse and the alleged links of the foreign agencies with terror groups.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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