The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in November 2019 had raided the Bengaluru and New Delhi offices of Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd.
The raids were carried out a year after ED had raided two premises of Amnesty International over alleged violation of India’s foreign exchange laws.
Back then Amnesty had maintained that “over the past year, a pattern of harassment has emerged every time Amnesty India stands up and speaks out against human rights violations in India.”
“Amnesty India stands in full compliance with Indian and international law. Our work in India, as elsewhere, is to uphold and fight for universal human rights. These are the same values that are enshrined in the Indian Constitution and flow from a long and rich Indian tradition of pluralism, tolerance, and dissent,” the statement issued by Amnesty in 2019 had said.
It had further said that “as part of the Nobel Prize-winning movement, Amnesty India holds itself to the highest evidentiary standards. Over four million Indians have supported Amnesty India’s work in the last six years and around 100,000 Indians have made financial contributions. Our work in India, as elsewhere, is to uphold universal human rights and build a global movement of people who take injustice personally.”
In September, 2019, ED had issued a show cause notice to Amnesty on account of alleged violation of FEMA under Borrowing and Lending Regulations to the tune of Rs 51. 72 crores for rendering civil society activities in India by getting remittances from parent body Amnesty International UK in the garb of export of services.
ED has alleged that Amnesty India bypassed the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act to float a commercial entity – Amnesty International India Private Ltd.