The Bengaluru office of Amnesty International was raided by the Enforcement Directorate – two years after the human rights organization came under the scanner of investigation agencies for possible violation of rules involving foreign funding. Over the last two years, the government has been cracking down on non-profits over the law that regulates money received by non-profits from abroad.
In a statement, the Enforcement Directorate said the Amnesty International India resorted to bypass the FCRA Act after they were denied the permission from the home ministry. They set up a floating commercial entity in the name of Amnesty International India Pvt. Ltd, which has received Rs. 36 crore in foreign funds.
In August, investigators started looking into an issue related to the FCRA unit’s suspicion that Amnesty International-UK and other some entities based in the UK have instilled funds into Amnesty’s India through commercial channels, in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act or FEMA rules, The Hindu reported. The amount involved is over Rs. 36 crore and were received between May 2014 and August 2016, The Hindu reported.
The organisation stated that they have not broken any law and have conformed with the national regulations. “As an organization committed to the rule of law, our operations in India have always conformed with our national regulations. The principles of transparency and accountability are at the heart of our work,” the Amnesty statement reads. (Story Courtesy : Wires)