The government on Tuesday responded to Republic TV's newsbreak exposing Amnesty International India's alleged business dealing in the garb of social service, slamming the NGO. Speaking in the matter, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy lashed out at Amnesty, questioning the NGO as to where was it when people of Jammu and Kashmir were facing problems and were not able to avail the policies launched by the government including basic fundamental rights due to Article 370.
"I want to ask these NGOs where were they when the people living in J&K were not provided fundamental rights. Because of Article 370, SC/ST and women were not able to attain the benefits of reservation. Right to Education Act, Right to Information Act and others were not provided to the people in J&K. What did you then?" G Kishan Reddy said in the matter.
Responding to the development, MoS for Prime Minister's Office Dr Jitendra Singh lauded Republic TV's newsbreak and said that the probe agencies are taking cognisance in the matter.
"I am sure the concerned agencies are taking cognisance in the matter," MoS Jitendra Singh said.
Republic TV accessed exclusive details exposing Amnesty India's business dealings and findings of probe agencies' investigation in the case. The documents accessed laid bare how Amnesty allegedly entered into contracts, including relating to Kashmir. The documents shed light on how 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 stated 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.
On Thursday, Amnesty International India received a show-cause notice 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.