Days after Amnesty International India was issued a show-cause notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the alleged violation of FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act), Republic TV has accessed exclusive details exposing Amnesty India's business dealings and detailing the findings of probe agencies investigation in the matter, which lay bare how contracts were allegedly entered into, including relating to Kashmir.
It has come to light that Amnesty International (UK) has allegedly been remitting large amounts of foreign contribution through its four Indian entities (non-FCRA companies/trusts) through FDI route, in order to evade FCRA, to expand its NGO activities in India which are in violation of the provision of FCRA (Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act), 2010. The document further states that Amnesty International India received funds to the tune of Rs 36 crores for three purposes, namely Service contract, advance income and FDI by the automatic route, with Rs 26 crore allegedly received as payment for consultancy services being of particular interest.
After scrutinising the bank accounts maintained by Amnesty International India and its subsidiaries, probe agencies have allegedly found that Amnesty International was "misusing the funds received in the guise of FDI for other activities" - charity, contribution to trust - which it added that are "no way connected to the activities for which FDI has been received". It has also been learned that Amnesty is also allegedly getting a contribution from overseas donor to expand its NGO activities under the mark of 'service consultancy'.
With regards to this, it has come to light that Amnesty International India entered into 45 contracts, many of which were done for "Kashmir-related activities" with Amnesty International London. As per agency sources, Civil Society work is being undertaken by a profit-making company and funds for the same are coming from Amnesty International UK in the garb of remittances against the export of services.
Some of the contracts that Amnesty has entered into that relate to Kashmir including activities towards supporting various campaigns, organising events, 'disseminating information', creating 'public awareness' and 'advocacy at state and central level'.
On Thursday, show-cause notice was issued to Amnesty International India by the ED under the suspicion that the money was diverted by Amnesty for its activities in Kashmir. The investigation carried out by the ED revealed that the Rs 51.72 crore, which Amnesty India had claimed was received from Amnesty International UK in the garb of export of services, was used for creating 'disturbances in the Valley'. The ED probe is continued in the matter.