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Amnesty International's premises in Bengaluru raided by Enforcement Directorate
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided two premises of Amnesty International India in Bengaluru - a human rights international NGO - for foreign exchange contravention and lapses, reported media.

The searches were conducted under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to seize documents and other evidences related to violation of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA provisions.

It is learned that after Amnesty International India Foundation Trust were denied the permission under FCRA by the ministry of home affairs, the received the foreign funding bypassing the FCRA  route by acquiring commercial entity as Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd. It is alleged that the commercial entity too violated the FDI guidelines for utilising funds.

Earlier, the environmental NGO 'Greenpeace' was also raided for the FCRA violations.

FEMA-1999 was enacted by he Parliament of India in order 'to consolidate and amend the law relating to foreign exchange with the objective of facilitating external trade and payments and for promoting the orderly development and maintenance of foreign exchange market in India'.

It may be recalled that FCRA-2010 was enacted by the Parliament as a consolidating act to correct shortfalls in the predecessor act of 1976. The latest act is with a wider scope 'to regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain individuals or associations or companies and to prohibit acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for any activities detrimental to the national interest and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.'

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