ED raids Amnesty’s Bengaluru office

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials today raided the office of the Amnesty International India in Bengalure. According to officials, the raids are being conducted in connection with Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) probe against Amnesty International India.

According to reports, the raids are being carried out since 2 pm. The action on the human rights organisation comes days after ED stopped operations of Greenpeace India Society’s 12 accounts with different banks and three current accounts of a private company pending an ongoing probe into suspected foreign exchange rule violations.

Amnesty International is London-based international human rights organisation, having its offices all over the group. However, the Indian Chapter, country’s unit, was suspended by the International Executive Committee in 1998, on the allegation of financial mismanagement and also the Indian office bearers refuse to obey London office in certain matters.

Since then, they have been trying many alternate models to develop its activities in India, though paid-officials recruited from various backgrounds. It had mixed experiences with various teams, which were recruited from time to time.

As it failed to get Indian government’s consent under FCRA to fund their activities in the country and recruited employees failed to mobilise necessary resources, with in the country, finally the country’s office was shifted to Bengalure.

Now, the Bengalure office is being headed by prominent journalist Aakar Patel, and it is being conducting its activities by registering into a trust in the name of `Amnesty International India’. The organisation is not having any membership presently in the country, but controlled by London office.

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