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Foreign funding of NGOs: Intelligence Bureau report bid to stifle dissent, activists say

NEW DELHI: Civil society activists named in the leaked intelligence report have described the charges against them as a "figment of the IB's imagination", while alleging that the document was deliberately leaked to discredit opposition and set the stage for the government to fast-track environmental clearances without following due process.

Addressing the media on Friday, the activists said the Intelligence Bureau report had levelled grave charges — accusing them of working at the behest of foreign powers to subvert India's development — without providing any evidence to support these claims.

Also joining in the conference through a video-link was anti-nuclear activist and Aam Aadmi Party's Lok Sabha candidate from Kanyakumari, S P Udayakumar, who said he was talking to his lawyer on taking legal action against the IB. "Both me and my family feel threatened after the misleading IB report was leaked," he said.

The report claims Udayakumar, who was active in the protests against the Kudankulam nuclear plant, had "deep and growing connections with US and German entities". It goes on to say that the activist received an "unsolicited contract" from an Ohio State University institute through which he got thousands of dollar from the US for filing fortnightly reports.


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