New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday attached Amnesty International’s bank accounts and properties under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in connection with the FRCA violations that were spotted by the Government earlier last year. As per the Provisional Attachment Order, the ED has attached movable properties worth Rs 17.66 Crores as being ‘proceeds of crime.’
In September 2020, Amnesty International announced that it would be closing down its operations in India alleging that the government’s move of freezing their accounts had brought their organization to a “grinding halt.” “The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the government of India, which it came to know on 10 September, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt,” said Amnesty in a statement.
The Centre, however, alleged that Amnesty International had never registered under the FCRA, which is mandatory for any NGO or organization to receive foreign contributions and funding. The Act also has the power to prohibit acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for activities which can be “detrimental to the national interest.”