Team Anna, leaders of India’s anti-corruption movement, being probed for receiving aid from Ford Foundation

A PIL was filed against team Anna, in connection with aslleged grants made by Ford Foundation. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to verify if these were recieved after seeking permission from the centre as per the FCRA guidelines.

The petition of filed by Manohar Lal Sharma, an advocate, alleged that Team Anna has violated the Forign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA).

The act mandates an organization has to seek permission from the central government in order to receive any funds from any foreign company or organization. It said Team Anna members violated FCRA and the Centre had failed to take any action against them. Listing some foreign organizations, the petitioner urged the court to declare the agitation launched by Team Anna as illegal and asked the HC to direct the Centre to ensure there were no foreign sponsored agitations in the future.

Reacting strongly to the litigation, the court asked the counsel for the centre to carry the investigations at their own end.

“Why don’t you check it yourself,” a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw told the counsel for the Centre, on a PIL that also seeks CBI inquiry against members of Team Anna for allegedly receiving funds from foreign organizations to run their agitation for the Lokpal bill.

The bench asked additional solicitor general A S Chandhiok to treat the PIL as a representation and dispose it of in three months after giving a hearing to the petitioner. The court said the Centre will submit a report of its findings to the court after three months, even as it asked petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma, an advocate, to submit a copy of the petition to the home ministry.

It sought a direction to “Union of India to conduct CBI investigation against team members and others and ask for an action taken report”.

The petitioner alleged, “Team Anna has been running their anti-government graft movement… for creating false propaganda for lowering Indian Parliament and defame entire constitutional and judicial structure as corrupt.”

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Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, has received 400,000 Dollars from the Ford Foundation in the last three years – Arundhati Roy

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, $400,000, Ford Foundation, Arundhati Roy

In an exclusive interview with CNN IBN activist Arundhati Roy reveals that even though Anna Hazare was propped up as the saint of the masses, he was not the driver of the movement. The anti-corruption movement, she says, is actually an agenda of multi-national corporations to increase the penetration of international capital in India.

Roy, who had earlier termed Anna’s movement as a ‘Gandhian coup’ , expressed deep concern over Anna’s team members running NGOs funded by multinational corporations, not all of which are clean on the corruption front. She had written in a Hindu column on 21 August 2011: “Kabir, run by Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, key figures in Team Anna, has received $400,000 from the Ford Foundation in the last three years.” Kejriwal, an RTI activist, told Firstpost via sms that he had no comment, but asked ‘where is the proof’?

While voicing her anguish over why NGOs funded by World Bank and Ford are partcipating in mediating public policy, she said “Three of Anna’s core members ( Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia) are Magsaysay award winners which are endowed by the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller.” She added that World Bank alone runs 600 anti-corruption programmes in Sub-Saharan countries as a means to increase the penetrations of foreign capital.

She said there are serious concerns over the Jan Lokpal Bill because it does not talk about corporate corruption or how NGOs and corporations are taking over the traditional role of the government.

Roy said the main reason why she is so skeptical of Anna’s movement was because it was a ‘copy book of the World Bank agenda’.

Watch video: Roy said there are serious concerns about the Jan Lokpal Bill, corporate funders, NGOs and even the role of media.

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