For the Supreme Court, the question of interim stay on Tamil Nadu’s Jallikattu Amendment Act is still open.
Taking exception to the widespread protests across the state in support of Jallikattu, the Supreme Court observed that such things cannot be permitted in a country governed by the rule of law.
The MPs, from six political parties, have also questioned why RSS-affiliated groups that spread hatred are not being investigated for FCRA violations.
Several civil rights groups have slammed the Centre for cancelling the FCRA licence of 25 NGOs and have said that by doing so the government has undermined India’s global reputation on human rights.
“What is shocking about the order served on the Lawyers Collective is the statement that they have done nothing for women’s development and empowerment,” said activist Anjali Gopalan.
In a letter to the Indian prime minister, the signatories also said the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act does not comply with international human rights norms.
In a statement, the three UN special rapporteurs have also asked that the suspended registration of NGO Lawyers Collective be reversed.
Because of reduced funding and suspended FCRA licences, many NGOs have had to shut down grassroots programmes.
The Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the Lawyers Collective’s registration on June 1.
Giving a point-by-point rebuttal to the charges levelled against it, the Lawyers Collective said all foreign contribution received by it “were spent for the purposes received and accounted for”.