In a big setback to the multinational NGO Amnesty International, Delhi High Court refused to stay the attachment of its bank accounts and deposits by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). After the CBI’s case, ED in November 2020 registered money laundering charges and attached several deposits and bank accounts of the NGO. Properties worth Rs.1,87,86,807, two bank accounts holding a total of Rs.2,35,977, and 10 fixed deposit accounts holding a total of Rs.1,85,50,830 were provisionally attached by the agency. However, the Court of Justice Rekha Palli in its order dated May 28 said that any final order by the ED will not be implemented without the permission of the Court.
Advocate Arshdeep Singh Khurana, counsel for Amnesty International, argued that the provisional attachment order (PAO) is no longer valid as the period of 180 days lapsed on May 25. The law mandates that the PAO has to be confirmed by the Adjudicating Authority under the Act within 180 days. Advocate Amit Mahajan, appearing for the ED, explained that the delay was due to certain issues.
The agencies have found that UK based NGO Amnesty in India was illegally working by registering as a company Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd.
The Court gave parties time to complete the pleadings and posted the case for hearing next on September 28. In November 2019, CBI registered an FIR against Amnesty International and its affiliates for violating the FCRA and the PMLA.
The agencies have found that UK-based NGO Amnesty in India was illegally working by registering as a company Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd. The Indian company obtained foreign remittance of more than Rs.51 crore in the guise of export and import of services to their UK NGO headquarter. In a series of orders in February 2021, ED has attached Rs.17 crore worth assets of Amnesty.
PGurus in October 2020 reported, how the UK based Amnesty International was operating in India through journalists and activities and illegally floated companies and trusts. From 1990 onwards Amnesty international started medaling in India during the Kashmir crisis and supporting the Jehadi agenda and not even uttered a word on genocide and forcing out and displacement of lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits.
In 2000, Amnesty somehow managed clearance from Home Ministry to accept foreign funds. How BJP Government and that too when L K Advani was Home Minister, Amnesty got this approval is still a mystery. In 2013, Amnesty started a covert firm in Bangalore with the title Social Sector Research and Support Services (India) Private Limited and later in 2015 changed its name to Amnesty International India Private Limited. So many journalists and activists are placed as Directors and Trustees in the companies and Trusts covertly floated by this international controversial NGO in Delhi and Bangalore. The detailed report published by PGurus on this covert operation can be read here.
 ED attaches over Rs.17 cr assets of Amnesty International India on Money Laundering charges – Feb 16, 2021, PGurus.com
 Amnesty Internationals covert operations in India using journalists and activists Oct o4, 2020, PGurus.com
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