ED attaches bank accounts of AIIPL & IAIT under PMLA
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday attached over Rs.17 crore bank deposits in connection with its money laundering case against two entities of Amnesty International (India), the India unit of the multinational Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The agency said in a statement that a provisional order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) “attaching bank accounts of Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd (AIIPL) and Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT)“.
ED said “both the entities have acquired the proceeds of crime and layered the same in the form of various movable properties. The order involves attachment of movable properties worth of Rs 17.66 crore being proceeds of crime”. The ED attachment of properties is based on book values and actual market values are expected to much higher around Rs.50 crores.
The agency said Amnesty International, UK sent Rs.51.72 crore to AIIPL in the guise of export of services and the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Recently PGurus reported how Amnesty in India operates in the garb of influential journalists and Left lobbyist groups.
This money laundering case of the ED is based on a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR filed against AIIPL, IAIT, Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT) and Amnesty International South Asia Foundation (AISAF) that was filed under various sections of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and the Indian Penal Code (120-B which denotes criminal conspiracy).
“Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT) had been granted permission under the FCRA during 2011-12 for receiving foreign contribution from the Amnesty International UK,” said ED in a statement. “Since permission/registration has been denied to the said entity on the basis of adverse inputs received from security agencies during the year 2011-12, AIIPL and IAIT were formed in the year 2013-14 and 2012-13, respectively to escape the FCRA route and carried out NGO activities in the guise of service export and FDI,” said the agency.
In a probe found the ED said, that upon cancellation of the FCRA license by the Union government, Amnesty International India Foundation Trust and Amnesty entities adopted “new method” to receive money from abroad. The agency said Amnesty International, UK sent Rs.51.72 crore to AIIPL in the guise of export of services and the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
“For export proceeds/ advances to Amnesty International UK there was no documentary proof, such as invoices and copies of agreement between AIIPL and Amnesty International UK, has been furnished by AIIPL to the authorised dealer (AD) banks.
“It is prima facie found that Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd and others have obtained foreign remittances to the tune of Rs.51.72 crore in the guise export of services and the FDI from Amnesty International (UK) whose source is the donations from individual donors,” said ED. The agency has earlier attached some properties in this case and the total attachment value now stands at Rs.19.54 crore.
 Amnesty International’s covert operations in India using journalists and activists – Oct 04, 2020, PGurus.com
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