Republic TV has accessed exclusive details of a Show Cause notice that has been issued to M/s Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd on July 25, by Special Director, Enforcement Directorate (ED), for alleged violation of Foreign Exchange Management (FEMA) Act,1999, under FEMA (Borrowing and Lending) Regulations, 2018.
ED has allegedly charged Amnesty International India for irregularities to the tune of Rs. 51.72 crores for rendering civil society activities in India by getting remittances from its parent body Amnesty International (United Kingdom) in the garb of export of services. Republic TV has also learned that ED suspects that the money was allegedly diverted for 'Kashmir activities'. As per sources, ED investigation has revealed that Rs. 51 crores, which Amnesty International claims to have received were meant for export of services, were used for creating 'disturbance in the valley'.
Last year, Amnesty India International was raided by a group of officers from the ED at its Bengaluru office. In response, Amnesty India issued a statement, terming the raid as a 'smear campaign' and called for 'an immediate end to this smear campaign and an independent inquiry into the selective leaks of information that are fueling this smear campaign.'
In a statement released by the Enforcement Directorate, it was alleged that Amnesty International India resorted to 'bypass' the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 after they were denied the permission from the Home Ministry. It stated that they set up a floating commercial entity in the name of Amnesty International India Pvt. Ltd, which had received Rs. 36 crore in foreign funds.