SC grants three month time to CBI to furnish NGOs’ details

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted three more months to CBI to provide details about all registered NGOs in the country and whether they file balance sheets before the authority.
A bench headed by Justice HL Dattu granted time after the agency submitted that all the states have not provided information regarding NGOs and it needs more time to compile the details. Meanwhile, the agency submitted that most of the NGOs are not filing IT returns. It said that Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have not given information about the NGOs working in their states and Andhra Pradesh, Bihar , Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Maharastra provided only partial inputs.

NGOs have come under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court on 2 September asking the CBI to provide details about such registered organisations and their financial statements on a PIL seeking probe into alleged embezzling of funds. The apex court had expanded the scope of the PIL which was filed in 2011 against an NGO, Hind Swaraj Trust, run by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
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