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Kerala HC Stays CBI Investigation Against LIFE Mission CEO for 2 Months [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 15 Oct 2020 10:48pm

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LIFE (Livelihood, Inclusion, and Financial Empowerment) is a housing project governed by the Kerala Government for the benefits of the homeless and poor. The issue arose with the project as the legislator of the Congress Party, Anil Akkara filed a complaint before the CBI on September 20 against the LIFE project alleging that it has been funded from the Foreign funding like UAE Red Crescent which is a clear case of violation of Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA). After four days of investigation, CBI registered a FIR against the Managing Directors of Unitac and Sane Ventures as accused number one and two respectively under Section 35 read, Section 3 of FCRA and Section 120B of the IPC.

Opposing to suc, the state government of Kerala has filed a petition in the High court for quashing the FIR lodged against the accused stating that the CBI has no right to file an FIR without informing the state government in the consent matter. The CBI needs sanction from the government to investigate in such a matter and should inform the government of India before lodging an FIR under FCRA regulation. The government agency also argued that FCRA was not applicable in this matter regarding the government agencies are exempted from such act.

Senior Advocate K V Viswanathan on behalf of the LIFE mission submitted that the project did not receive any kind of foreign funding from UAE Red Crescent and the funding was provided to the private contractors which is not a case of… Continue Reading...

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