The agency has earlier attached some properties in this case. Total attachment value now stands at Rs.19.54 crore. (Source- The Economic Times).
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs. 17.66 crores of NGO Amnesty International in India. As per the provisional attachment order, ED has attached bank accounts of two Amnesty International's entities Amnesty International India Pvt. Ltd. (PMLA) and Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT).
Earlier Central Bureau of Investigation( CBI) had filed an FIR to ED against AIIPL, IAIT, Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT), Amnesty International South Asia Foundation ( AISAF) under various sections of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), and the Indian Penal Code( 120- B -criminal conspiracy).
Having said that " The latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations " the organization Amnesty International had called the freezing of accounts " akin to freezing dissent ".
The global human rights watchdog Amnesty International claims that "AIIFT had been granted permission under FCRA during 2011-12 for receiving foreign contributions from the Amnesty International UK"
However, the agency alleged " since permission/registration has been denied to the said entity on the basis of 'adverse inputs' received from security agencies during the year 2011-12, AIIPL and IAIT were formed in the year 2013-14 and 2012-13, respectively to escape the FCRA route and carried out NGO activities in the guise of service export and FDI. "
In the guise of export of service and FDI, Amnesty International UK has sent Rs 51.72 crore to AIIPL.
The statement said, "For export proceeds/advances to Amnesty International UK there was no documentary proof, such as invoices and copies of agreement between AIIPL and Amnesty International UK, has been furnished by AIIPL to the authorized dealer (AD) banks."
"It is prima facie found that Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd and others have obtained foreign remittances to the tune of Rs 51.72 crore in the guise export of services and the FDI from Amnesty International (UK) whose source is the donations from individual donors," the ED alleged.
Amnesty International has been under investigation since October 2018. The ED had raided NGO's head office in Bengaluru and frozen its account.
In 2019, Amnesty International India received Income Tax Department's notice, again in November 2020, CBI also filed a case against NGO, accusing it of receiving Rs. 36 crore for violating FCRA and raided its office.
On September 29, 2020, NGO announced its complete closure of the Delhi and Bengaluru office following the freezing of its bank accounts by the ED.
The total attached value now stands at Rs 19.54 crore, the Central agency said.