India slaps its critic Amnesty, former country head with heavy fine

New Delhi, July 09 (KMS): In retaliation of its criticism of India for its poor human rights record inside the country and in occupied Jammu and Kashmir New Delhi has slapped Amnesty International and its former India chapter head Aakar Patel with penalty of Rs 51.72 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively on the allegation of so-called breach of foreign exchange law.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the action was taken by the Delhi-based agency, Enforcement Directorate at the behest of Modi-led BJP government.

The federal agency claimed that it had initiated action against the two on the basis of information that Amnesty International, UK had been remitting “huge amount” of foreign contribution through its Indian entities following FDI route, in order to evade Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to expand its NGO activities in India.

This was despite denial of prior registration or permissions to Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT) and other trusts under FCRA by the Ministry of Home Affairs, it said.

The Enforcement Directorate said the show cause notice of penalty was issued as the funds received “violated” Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) provisions.

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