India: Home Ministry cancels Supreme Court Bar Association FCRA registration

September 15, 2017

Supreme Court Bar Association

The Union Home Ministry has annulled the registration of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010.

According to news reports, the Centre has effectively prevented SCBA and a host of other organisations from receiving foreign funding for their failure to file returns for the period extending from 2010-11 to 2014-15. The organisations were asked to furnish their replies by July 23, failing which action would be taken against them.

Section 13 of the Act empowers the central government to suspend the registration of organizations who violate the terms and conditions of the certificate for one hundred and eighty days. Section 14 confers upon the Centre the power to cancel the registration, in which case the organisation will not be allowed to register for a period of three years. However, this cannot be done without giving the registration holder a reasonable opportunity to be heard.


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