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Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976

[Act No. 49 of Year 1976]

Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent, application and commencement
2 Definitions
3 Application of other laws not barred
Chapter II Regulation Of Foreign Contribution And Foreign Hospitality
4 Candidate for election, etc., not to accept foreign contribution
5 Organization of a political nature not to accept foreign contribution except with the prior permission of the Central Government
6 Certain associations and persons receiving foreign contribution to give intimation to the Central Government
7 Recipients of scholarships, etc., to give intimation to the Central Government
8 Persons to whom section 4 shall not apply
9 Restrictions on acceptance of foreign hospitality
10 Power of Central Government to prohibit receipt of foreign contribution, etc., in certain cases
11 Application to be made in prescribed form for obtaining prior permission to accept foreign contribution or hospitality
Chapter III Miscellaneous
12 Power to prohibit payment of currency received in contravention of the Act
13 Recipients of foreign contribution to maintain accounts, etc.
14 Inspection of accounts or records
15 Seizure of accounts or records
15A Audit of accounts
16 Seizure of article or currency received in contravention of the Act
17 Seizure to be made in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
18 Confiscation of article or currency obtained in contravention of the Act
19 Adjudication of confiscation
20 Opportunity to be given before adjudication of confiscation
21 Appeal
22 Penalty for article or currency obtained in contravention of section 12
23 Punishment for the contravention of any provision of the Act
24 Power to impose additional fine where article or currency is not available for confiscation
25 Penalty for offences where no separate punishment has been provided
25A Prohibition of acceptance of foreign contribution
26 Offences by companies
27 Bar to the prosecution of offences under the Act
28 Investigation into cases under the Act
29 Protection of action taken in good faith
30 Power to make rules
31 Power to exempt
32 Act not to apply to government transactions
  Foot Notes

An Act to regulate the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain persons or associations, with a view to ensuring that parliamentary institutions, political associations and academic and other voluntary organizations as well as individuals working in the important areas of national life may function in a manner consistent with the values of a sovereign democratic republic, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

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