Tuticorin church NGO got 54 Crore to stop Kudankualm
Team lands in Kudankulam to probe NGOs
Karthick S, TNN | Jan 18, 2012, 09.15AM IST
“Two NGOs run by Tuticorin Archbishop Evan Ambrose received Rs 54 crore in recent months from foreign countries, including the US. We have directed them to submit proper documents. The documents submitted by them were not adequate. So we have sent a special team for a thorough investigation. This is the third round of probe,” a senior officer in the home ministry said.
An NGO, said to be run by M Pushparayan, organiser of the agitation against the nuclear project, also got funds from other countries, home ministry sources said. The ministry had directed these NGOs to submit documents under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. The ministry, sources said, was not fully satisfied with the documents submitted by them. “If the ministry is not satisfied with the documents, these NGOs would face stringent action,” said Union minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office M Narayanasamy.
The Centre has alleged that foreign funds are being used to fuel the anti-nuclear protests in the Kudankulam. The special team has been in Kudankulam for more than three days and is said to have verified the documents submitted by the NGOs. “The special team was careful not to involve in anyone from the local units. The investigation will conclude on Tuesday. The team will submit reports to the home ministry soon,” the source said.
Dismissing the allegations, Tuticorin Archbishop Evan Ambrose told TOI, “We have been submitting audit reports to the home ministry every year. The special team has sought some clarifications and we are co-operating with them. There is nothing to hide.” Pushparayan alleged that Centre was trying to spread the news that foreign funds are being diverted to keep the protests going. “The home ministry has sent a notice to our NGO last month and we have submitted all the documents they sought. They seemed satisfied with the particulars,” he said.
S P Udayakumar, convener of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, said, “This is an intimidating exercise by the government. They are abusing the state power. It clearly shows that they don’t believe in democracy. I can assure that we haven’t got a penny from any body.”