HC orders Jawahirullah to surrender in FCRA case

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 30, 2017 02:37 PM IST

Chennai: The Madras High Court today directed Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam president M H Jawahirullah and four others to surrender before an Egmore court in a FCRA case.

Today's order comes more than a week after the High Court exempted him from surrendering till 29 June to serve the term on the ground that he was keeping 'Ramzan' fast.

As Jawahirullah and others filed bail petition after the exemption period was over, the Court refused to accept it and asked them to surrender before the lower court first. The MMK leader and four others were sentenced to one year imprisonment for violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act,(FCRA) 1976.

Jawahirullah had moved the High Court challenging his conviction and sentence in the FCRA breach case. The prosecution case was that Jawahirullah and the four others had between 15 December, 1997 and 20 June, 2000 formed an association without registering it with the Union government, to accept foreign funds as contribution.

On 15 December, 1997, they had opened an account in Bank of India branch here in the name of Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund (CMRF) and in pursuance of it, received foreign contribution of Rs 1.54 crore without getting prior permission from Reserve Bank of India, it said.

A case was registered against Jawahirullah and two other office bearers of TMMK, besides two others of CMRF under various Sections of IPC, including Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act, 1976 by the CBI.

The Additional Sessions Judge for CBI cases had confirmed the conviction of all the accused by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on 30 September, 2004.

All the five were sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each.

Jawahirullah, however, submitted before the high court that the trial court and the appellate court had failed to note that prosecution had not produced any evidence to prove that he had entered into a criminal conspiracy with the other accused in furtherance of criminal offence.