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Home Ministry recommends CBI probe against Oxfam India

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday recommended a CBI investigation against Oxfam India for allegedly violating the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, reports said.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday recommended a CBI investigation against Oxfam India for allegedly violating the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, reports said.

According to reports quoting sources, the Union Home Ministry has purportedly found that even after registering under the FCRA, which bars foreign transfers, Oxfam India continued to transfer foreign contributions to various entities.

As per sources, a survey carried out by the Income Tax Department uncovered multiple emails which revealed that Oxfam India was allegedly planning to circumvent FCRA provisions by routing funds to other FCRA-registered associations or through the for-profit consultancy route.

They said that the survey also purportedly “exposed” Oxfam India as a possible instrument of foreign policy of foreign organisations or entities, which have liberally funded the organisation over the years, they said.

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The sources further said that Oxfam India, which is registered to carry out social activities, allegedly routed funds to the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) through its associates and employees in the form of commission and following the survey’s damning revelations, the Union Home Ministry has recommended a CBI probe into the affairs of the organization.

A report quoting an anonymous official said that Oxfam India continued to transfer foreign contributions to various entities even after coming into force of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020 which prohibits such transfers.

The Indian arm of the global NGO, Oxfam India works for the rights of minorities and the downtrodden like the Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, besides also batting for women’s rights and creating awareness about girl education across India.

On December 2021, Oxfam India, which was registered under the FCRA for receiving foreign funds for carrying out social activities, was denied renewal of its FCRA license by the home ministry.

Oxfam India has not responded to the development yet.

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Congress distances itself from MP Dheeraj Sahu at whose premises Income Tax department recovered Rs 300 crore unaccounted cash

The cash was recovered during raids by the Income Tax Department at many locations linked to Dheeraj Sahu in Odisha and Jharkhand. The raids on Sahu’s premises in the neighbouring states started on Wednesday. According to Income tax department officials the amount of sized cash is expected reach Rs 300 crore.

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Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said the party has no connection with businesses of Dheeraj Sahu, the MP in whose premises the income tax department has recovered about Rs 300 crore of unaccounted cash. Ramesh said only he can explain and should explain how huge amounts of cash have been reportedly recovered by the income tax officials from his properties.

The cash was recovered during raids by the Income Tax Department at many locations linked to Dheeraj Sahu in Odisha and Jharkhand. The raids on Sahu’s premises in the neighbouring states started on Wednesday. According to Income tax department officials the amount of sized cash is expected reach Rs 300 crore. According to reports the cash seized in the raids is the highest ever black money haul by any agency in a single operation. Most of the cash that was recovered from premises linked to Boudh Distillery Private Limited in Odisha.

The cash siezed by the income tax department has kicked up a political storm, with BJP leaders slamming the Congress. PM Modi took to X(formerly Twitter)to comment on the raids. He added that the money looted from the public will be returned. PM Modi said the countrymen should look at the pile of these notes and then listen to the honest speeches of their leaders. PM Modi said whatever has been looted from the public, every penny will have to be returned.

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday took a dig at the Congress and said this was not the first time a Congress MP was found involved in corruption. She asked why is it that where there is a scam, there is a Congress leader involved? Smriti Irani said this is not the first MP of Congress who is involved in corruption. Irani said not only humans but machines also got tired of counting the notes, but money continues to be recovered from the house of a corrupt leader of the Congress.  

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Danish Ali calls his suspension unfortunate, says he would continue to raise his voice against injustice, corruption

Danish Ali took to X(formerly Twitter) after his suspension, Ali said he made all diligent efforts to strengthen the BSP and would continue to oppose the anti people policies of the central government. He thanked the part chief Mayawati, for making him the BSP Parliamentary party leader

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Lok Sabha MP Danish Ali was suspended by Mayawati-led BSP on Saturday for allegedly indulging in anti party activities. He termed his suspension unfortunate and said he would continue to raise his voice against injustice and corruption.

Danish Ali took to X(formerly Twitter) after his suspension, Ali said he made all diligent efforts to strengthen the BSP and would continue to oppose the anti people policies of the central government. He thanked the part chief Mayawati, for making him the BSP Parliamentary party leader. Ali said if raising his voice against injustice was a crime, he was ready to face punishment.

Talking to the media in a press conference, Ali denied indulging in anti party activities and said he always walked the BSP’s line. On Friday Ali sided with the opposition and slammed the expulsion of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra as a Lok Sabha MP. He slammed the BJP led central government, saying its brute majority in the Lower House did not mean it could throttle the opposition.

The BSP is not a member of the rulling BJP-led NDA or the Opposition INDIA bloc. The BSP on Saturday suspended its MP Danish Ali for allegedly indulging in anti party activities. Ali has been representing the Amroha Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh since 2019.

In a statement issued by the BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra, Ali had been warned by the party many times in the past not to indulge in anti party activities. The BSP said Ali had been working with HD Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal (secular) party. At that time, both the BSP and JD(S) were contesting together in the Karnataka state election. After the Karnataka election Ali was given a ticket from Amroha and asked to contest from there due to Devegowda’s insistence. Deve Gowda had said the party had decided to suspend Ali with immediate effect.

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Watch: Lalu Prasad Yadav offers prayers at Tirupati with family members

Bihar deputy minister Tejaswi Yadav said he had come here with his family, his mother, father, his wife, brother and his daughter Katyayani to seek blessings of Lord Balaji. He said his daughter Katyayani had her Mundan ceremony. He said the whole family prayed for everyone’s well being so that India moves forward and everyone prospers.

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Rashtriya Janta Dal President Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, their son Tejaswi Yadav and their son Tejaswi Yadav and their family offered prayers at Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. The Yadav family participated in the Suprabhatam seva, the first pre-dawn seva performed in the temple of Lord Venkateshwara.

Bihar deputy minister Tejaswi Yadav said he had come here with his family, his mother, father, his wife, brother and his daughter Katyayani to seek blessings of Lord Balaji. He said his daughter Katyayani had her Mundan ceremony. He said the whole family prayed for everyone’s well being so that India moves forward and everyone prospers.

The Yadav family reached Tirumala on Friday. They offered prayers to Lord Balaji in the early hours of Saturday which is also Tejawi Yadav’s wedding anniversary. Tejaswi Yadav took to X(formerly Twitter) and wrote this morning he received energy and blessings from Lord Venteshwara by worshiping and having a darshan at Lord Shri Tirupati Balaji Temple with his family. He said Tirupati Balaji Temple is a wonderful example of excellent craftsmanship and a symbol of devotion, faith and reverence, located in the Tirumala mountains of Andhra Pradesh.

Yadav said the family prayed for prosperity, peace and happiness and welfare of the state of Bihar. He said today on the day of his marriage anniversary, the Mundan Sanskar of daughter Katyayani was also performed. Yadav shared his love for travelling to spiritual places.

He said spiritual, historical and mythological places give out positive energy and it is a means of gaining knowledge, divine intervention, spiritual solace, self realization, meditation and helps in making a connection with God. He said this helps in personal and community development and helps to understand the reason for basic purpose of life.The post has gone viral on social media with 3,38,600 views

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