The human rights lawyer talks to The Wire about the cancellation of Lawyers Collective’s FCRA license, the cases they took up against those in power and more.
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.
The advocacy group has released a statement saying it is exploring all possible legal options to challenge the government’s order.
The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, said that the air pollution situation in Delhi has to be dealt with as a public health emergency.
This is the third interview Modi has given to the Indian media since he became PM and the pattern is clear. Either the PMO has very restrictive ground rules on what can and can’t be asked, or Indian journalism ain’t what it ought to be.
The Kejriwal government had initially moved the Delhi high court, not realising that its claim of Delhi being a state locked in a federal dispute with the Modi government is best heard before the apex court.
The court said it would examine to what extent it could interfere with Muslim personal laws, if they were found to violate the fundamental rights of citizens as enshrined in the constitution.
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”.
The fight to make the right to contest elections a fundamental right is on, but in the meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of poor, Dalit and Adivasi people, religious minorities and women in two states are waiting in limbo.
The Centre should have waited for the floor test to resolve the issue and should have gone to court against the Uttarakhand speaker’s decision if it felt aggrieved, says Prashant Bhushan.
Whistleblower asks why allegation of violations of FCRA and PMLA rules by Anar Patel has not triggered the same response from the Modi government as charges against Teesta Setalvad and Indira Jaising.
Lawyers Collective has hit out at the government for running a sinister campaign against it by selectively leaking confidential information pertaining to an enquiry initiated by the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act Wing under the Ministry of Home Affairs into its funding and functioning.
The strategy Modi perfected was to file cases of all kinds against the official and unofficial opposition in order to simply tire his opponents out, and drain them physically and financially.
The organisers of the event said her name had “not been cleared” by the Madhya Pradesh government to attend the event
In which the former ASG answers inter alia whether the LG has the power to directly appoint a Chief Secretary, and bypass the CM and ministers and give direct instructions to Secretaries.