NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ordered a probe into the leakage of an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report which claimed that the foreign funded NGOs were involved in stalling energy and infrastructure projects across the country.
Sources said that the city police have been asked to conduct a time-bound inquiry to find out who leaked the report and submit it to Home Secretary Anil Goswami. The IB’s secret report ‘Impact of NGOs on Development’, was sent to Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Cabinet Secretariat, MHA, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and others. According to a senior official, the IB had already completed its probe into the matter and a preliminary report was sent to the MHA. However, with the fresh probe now being handed over to the city police, the issue may generate departmental tussle between a Central intelligence agency and police, which comes under the MHA.
“ A state police questioning the role of Central intelligence agency and government officials from various other ministries has the potential to trigger another round of controversy. If MHA wanted an independent inquiry, some other appropriate agency should have been asked to look into the matter,” sources added.
According to the IB report, a significant number of Indian NGOs funded by foreign donors are using people-centric issues which lends itself to stalling development projects.