ED fines Amnesty India with 51.72 million rupees and former director general Aakar Patel with 10 million rupees

The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has imposed this fine on Amnesty India and its former CEO Aakar Patel for violating the Currency Act. Patel has said he will challenge that order in court. He has said that the ED is the government, not the judiciary. We will challenge it in court.

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New Delhi: The Executive Directorate (ED) has imposed a fine of 61.72 million rupees on Amnesty India and its former CEO Aakar Patel for violating the Currency Act. Patel has said he will challenge that order in court.

The ED said in a statement on Friday that Amnesty India and its former head Patel have been fined under the Currency Management Act (FEMA). Amnesty India has been fined 51.72 million rupees, while Patel has been fined 10 million rupees.

The ED said in a statement that notices have been sent to both of them about the fine. He took this step after investigating the complaint received about Amnesty India. The ED special director level officer has investigated the matter.

The Executive Directorate has alleged that Amnesty International, based in the United Kingdom, sent large amounts of foreign contributions to its Indian branch Amnesty India International Private Limited (AIIPL) between November 2013 and June 2018 with the appearance of business activities. It was actually a way to circumvent the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA).

Upon receiving the sanction notice, Patel said in a tweet, “ED is the government, not the judiciary.” We will fight in court and win.

The agency said it had initiated the investigation under FEMA on the basis of information that Amnesty International, based in the United Kingdom, has been sending large amounts of foreign contributions through its Indian units via the US route. foreign direct investment (FDI). According to the complaint, Amnesty did so to fund its NGO activities in India.

The Enforcement Directorate said Amnesty International used the FDI route to remit foreign funds despite the Interior Ministry’s “refusal” to pre-register or grant FCRA approval to Amnesty International. India Foundation Trust (AIIFT) and other trusts.

“The amount received by Amnesty India from abroad during the period from November 2013 to June 2018 was shown as commissions for public relations services, including business and management advice, but it was something else. than loans from foreign collaborators, ”he said. violates FEMA regulations.

The FEMA official investigating the matter, after receiving a detailed response from Amnesty India, found that AIIPL was an entity formed under Amnesty International Limited, based in the United Kingdom, which was created for social causes in India.

According to the statement, “However, AIIPL has been involved in a number of activities that are not in line with its stated business activities.” To avoid FCR’s eyes, work has been done to send foreign funds to India in the name of business activities.

The Enforcement Directorate said all claims and affidavits made by Amnesty India regarding the receipt of this amount in lieu of services rendered to Amnesty International have been rejected “for lack of concrete evidence”.

The agency has concluded that the amount of 51.72 million rupees received by Amnesty India was actually donated by Amnesty International to fulfill its purpose in Indian territory.

According to the ED, this Amnesty activity violates the provisions of the FEMA Act, therefore, a warning notice has been issued on the sanction in this case.

Meanwhile, ED research has focused on currency violations.

It is known that this development came in the first months after Aarkar Patel stopped going to the United States for the CBI Circular Lookout (LoC). The LOC was issued after the agency filed a charge against Patel and Amnesty in December last year for an alleged violation of the FCRA.

Last April, Aakar Patel was banned from leaving the country at Bengaluru airport, citing a surveillance circular issued against him by the CBI. He had moved a Delhi court against this CBI movement.

The same month in April, the central government had approved the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute Amnesty International India and its former chief Aakar Patel for alleged violation of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA).

In 2020, a few days after the ED froze Amnesty India’s bank accounts, Amnesty International closed its operations in the country.

We tell you that Aakar Patel has been a vocal critic of Narendra Modi’s government and recently published a book that analyzes Modi’s governance. He and Amnesty India have been attacking the government machinery several times in the past.

The IWC had filed a case against Amnesty International India and three affiliated organizations in 2019 after the Union Ministry of Interior accused Amnesty India of violating the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and the CPI. After that, the ED initiated an independent investigation into the case.

The case was filed in November 2019 against Amnesty International India Private Limited (AIIPL), Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT), Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT), Amnesty International South Asia Foundation (AISF) and others.

It is alleged that these entities took funds from Amnesty International in the United Kingdom through the AIIPL, which violates the provisions of the FCRA and the CPI. Even AIIFT and other trusts did not receive a pre-registration or permission under FCRA.

(with input from the language of the news agency)

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