Department of Revenue receives reference to probe groups linked to Amnesty-UK

Over ₹36 crore allegedly infused into Indian arm against norms.

August 18, 2018 01:20 am | Updated 01:20 am IST - NEW DELHI

The Department of Revenue has received a reference from the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) unit of the Central government, seeking a probe to determine whether the Indian entities linked to Amnesty International-UK violated foreign exchange rules.

The Enforcement Directorate is looking into the issue that pertains to the FCRA unit’s suspicion that Amnesty International-UK and other some entities based in the U.K. have infused funds into Amnesty (India) allegedly through commercial channels, in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) rules.

The amount involved is over ₹36 crore and were received between May 2014 and August 2016.

The FCRA unit alleged that the security agencies shared information about Amnesty International-UK allegedly transferring huge funds through its four Indian entities registered as companies and trusts in Delhi and Bengaluru, via the FDI route, to expand its NGO activities in India, said an official. The entities identified were Amnesty International India Private Limited, Amnesty International South Asia Foundation, Indians For Amnesty International Trust and Amnesty International (India) Foundation.

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