The BJP government in Gujarat is likely to initiate criminal action against Navsarjan Trust, an organisation working for dalit rights, over allegations of misuse of foreign funds.
According to social justice and empowerment minister Atmaram Parmar, action is being contemplated against the NGO over alleged violation of Foreign Contributions Regulation Act.
Former employees of the organisation had alleged that the Navsarjan Trust had got Rs 30 crore from Swiss Development Corporation, a funding agency in Switzerland. They said, though the amount was meant to be given as payment to field workers but it never reached them.
The Gujarat High Court had directed Amreli police to decide on criminal complaints filed by the former employees. The complainants approached the court after the police failed to take action over their complaint. Among those who have leveled allegations include Gauri Rathod, Babu Jadav and Dhiru Solanki from Amreli.
According to Parmar, the government had received written representations against the organisation and its trustees. The complainants alleged that the funds were misappropriated by the Trust founder Martin Macwan, executive director Manjula Pradeep and others.
The NGO has been working for rights of the dalits in Gujarat and has been fighting for the cause of Thangadh killings victims and their families. It had also sent fact finding team to look into flogging of dalits in Una.
Manjula Pradeep said in a press release that the Trust welcomed any impartial inquiry by the judiciary. She said that the NGO got audited every year and that they had an internal as well as external auditor.