The Supreme Court of in India in a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India ordered on 11th January 2017 an audit of 3 million NGOs and penal action against those found not submitting their records in time.
Once again the targeted NGOs are those receiving funds from government or foreign sources under FCRA.
Passing detailed orders on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate M L Sharma in 2011 seeking a tab on functioning of NGOs, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said, "mere blacklisting of NGOs who do not file annual statements will not will not suffice but also action must be initiated like criminal proceedings for misappropriation and civil action for recovery of given funds.
The Supreme Court order came after Amicus Curiae, Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi cited a CBI report that only 10 per cent of NGOs filed annual income and expenditure statements.
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