New Delhi, Sept. 2: The Supreme Court today directed the CBI to place before it details of all registered NGOs in the country and whether they were filing their annual financial statements with the government.
The bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and M.Y. Eqbal issued the direction while broad-basing the scope of a PIL filed by an advocate in 2011 alleging irregularities in an NGO run by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
The apex court had in 2011 sought responses from the CBI, Centre and the Maharashtra government on the petition. Today, when the matter came up for hearing, the bench said it would expand the petition’s ambit by including all the other NGOs in India.
The CBI has four weeks to file its reply. Petitioner M.L. Sharma has alleged that the Hind Swaraj Trust, run by Hazare and his associates, received Rs 45 lakh from the Centre even before its registration.