CBI raids 12 NGOs at 40 locations across India

New Delhi, May 11 (KMS): In a massive crackdown on not-for-profit organizations, the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation raided at dozens of locations across India.

The CBI sleuths raided 12 non-governmental organizations at 40 locations across the country including in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Chennai, and Mysore on the charges of flouting foreign funding law, the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, or FCRA. The probe agency arrested more than 10 people. Of them, six were public servants, including some Home Ministry officials.

The CBI claimed that illegal transactions of almost Rs 2 crore, routed through hawala channels, have been seized.

It is to mention here that Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government since coming into power is targeting the NGOs including the Amnesty International on the charges of receiving money from foreign donors by violating the FCRA. The Amnesty International India-chapter had to shut its operations in September 2020 after the government froze its accounts without notice for highlighting the atrocities of Indian police during the anti-Muslim riots in New Delhi, that year, and for its reports on human rights violations by Indian troops in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Modi government in January this year stripped nearly 6,000 NGOs of their permits needed to accept funding from overseas donors. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs said that while it had canceled the licenses of some NGOs for violations of laws that regulate foreign donations, most other NGOs had failed to renew their old licenses.

The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs data show that since 2011, permits of 20,675 NGOs – also known as Foreign Contribution Registration Act 2020 or FCRA licenses licenses – have been revoked, most of them due to purported “violations” of the act. The website does not mention the violations. Of these, 80% or 16,745 have been canceled since 2014, the year Modi came to power. During Modi regime, the regulatory stranglehold around NGOs has also only been growing stronger.

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