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AI’s Bengaluru office raided by ED

Bengaluru, Oct 25:Amnesty International (AI) India’s Bengaluru office is being searched by a team from the Enforcement Directorate as of Thursday evening, sources say.

The Enforcement Directorate started looking into an issue that allegedly pertains to the FCRA unit’s suspicion that Amnesty International-UK and other some entities based in the UK have infused funds into Amnesty’s India wing through commercial channels, in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) rules, according to a report published in The Hindu in August.

The amount involved is allegedly more than Rs 36 crore and the funds under scrutiny were allegedly received between May 2014 and August 2016, the report said.

Earlier this month, the Enforcement Directorate had 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. The organisation called it an effort to “muzzle democratic dissent”.