In a major crackdown on NGOs, Enforcement Directorate has confirmed that the Amnesty International headquarters in Bengaluru is being raided. As per sources, the ED is looking at FCRA and other violations. The action on Amnesty International comes after ED had stopped operations of Greenpeace India Society's 12 accounts with different banks. As per reports, the source of funding of many NGOs are now under the scanner. Republic TV has now accessed documents on the basis of which ED began its probe against Amnesty.
Read: Enforcement Directorate Raids Amnesty International Headquarters In Bengaluru
Here are the highlights from the documents on the basis of which ED began its probe against Amnesty:
- Amnesty India has been denied permission/registration under FCRA due to adverse reports from security agencies
- Security agencies have reported that Amnesty International UK has been remitting huge funds through FDI route to avoid FCRA to expand its activities in India.
- 36 crore fund have been received through four entities. Money was received as consultancy services. This is similar to how Sabrang Trust had received money from the Ford Foundation and evaded FCRA
- ED is looking into the issue that pertains to the FCRA unit’s suspicion that Amnesty International UK and other some entities based in the UK have infused funds into Amnesty India allegedly through commercial channels, in violation of FEMA rules
- ED sources say they have been probing this matter for the last few months
Read the copy of the document here: