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ED raids Amnesty International office in Bengaluru

The Bengaluru office of Amnesty International was raided by the Enforcement Directorate on Thursday – two years after the human rights organization came under the scanner of investigation agencies for possible violation of rules involving foreign funding.  Over the last two years, the government has been cracking down on non-profits over the stringent law that regulates money received by non-profits from abroad.

In a statement, the Enforcement Directorate said the Amnesty International India resorted to bypassing the FCRA Act after they were denied permission from the home ministry. They set up a floating commercial entity in the name of Amnesty International India Pvt. Ltd, which has received Rs. 36 crore in foreign funds.

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