Amnesty Worldwide India’s Belongings Connected In Cash Laundering Case
The Enforcement Directorate has hooked up the movable properties – value Rs 17.66 crore – of the worldwide human rights advocacy group, Amnesty Worldwide, which had final 12 months claimed that it was halting its India operation because of alleged “witch-hunt” by the central authorities. The motion has been taken as a part of a cash laundering probe in opposition to the non-profit.
The central authorities says that the worldwide rights watchdog had been receiving overseas funds illegally and that it had by no means registered beneath the International Contribution (Regulation) Act.
The federal government has raided Amnesty India’s premises a number of occasions in the previous couple of years.
Final 12 months, after the Centre had frozen its account, Amnesty India accused it of launching a “witch-hunt” over some crucial experiences.
In a press assertion, Amnesty had mentioned: “…the complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the government of India, which it came to know on 10 September, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt.”
The organisation had mentioned it had been compelled to let go of workers in India and pause all its ongoing marketing campaign and analysis work.
“This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations,” it had mentioned.
The Centre, reacting to the group’s allegation, had mentioned that human rights cannot be an excuse to defy the law of the land.
“All the glossy statements about humanitarian work and speaking truth to power are nothing but a ploy to divert attention from their activities which were in clear contravention of laid down Indian laws. Such statements are also an attempt to extraneously influence the course of investigations by multiple agencies into the irregularities and illegalities carried out over the last few years,” the federal government had acknowledged.
Amnesty claims it had complied with all Indian and worldwide legal guidelines required to obtain funds.