FIR was filed after Medha Patkar fraudulently used $13 million given for the education of tribal children

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Medha Patkar, a social worker who occasionally took part in anti-CAA demonstrations and occasionally a farmers’ movement, has been detained in Madhya Pradesh. The Narmada Navanirman Abhiyan trustee Medha is accused of misusing more than Rs 13.50 crore that she raised for charitable activity. She utilised this money to voice her opposition to political initiatives and construction projects.

Pritam Raj, a 25-year-old from Barwani in Madhya Pradesh, filed the complaint. In addition to Medha Patkar, it also has 11 more names. Everyone in Barwani has a case filed against them under Section 420 of the IPC. The complainant, according to the FIR document, has charged Medha Patkar, the organization’s founder, of misleading the public under the pretence of educating tribal youngsters. Additionally, they abuse the funds raised. The complaint claims that Medha Patkar’s evidence demonstrates that her organisation offers residential life schools for academic purposes in addition to offering primary school education to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra tribal children for the benefit of the Narmada valley’s residents. However, the funds gathered under the guise of social welfare are actually being misappropriated.

SP Additionally, according to Deepak Kumar Shukla, 12 people, including Medha Patkar, Parveen Sami Jahangir, Vijaya Chauhan, and Sanjay Joshi, have been charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code in response to a complaint made by Pritam Raj, a resident of Temla in the Rajpur police station area. He has disclosed that Medha Patkar and other members of the organisation raised more than Rs 13 crore (13,52,59,304) for erroneous purposes between 2007 and 2022 under the guise of educational and social activities under the Narmada Navnirman Abhiyan. Sections in the case, according to the police, could grow after the inquiry.

The institution’s deposit and expenditure of Rs 13,52,59,304 has been contested in the FIR. However, neither its source nor the location of the expenditure were made public. According to the FIR, the money was utilised to promote anti-national and political agendas. The complainant has demanded that an investigation into the origin and use of this sum be conducted. According to the FIR, Medha Patkar claimed to earn Rs 6,000 per year in an Indore court while really earning Rs 19,25,711 between 2007 and 2021–2022 instead. The Narmada Navnirman Abhiyan was thought to be either a cover for money laundering or a source of funding for anti-Indian activities in such a situation.

According to local media sources, Medha Patkar currently denies knowing anything about the complaint that has been filed against her in Barwani. She said that she has previously been the target of similar accusations. The information and audits they have pertain to both revenue and expenditure, in actuality. She also stated that she does not manage her own account when asked about it. It is run by a retired individual.