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MHA launches probe into 'possible' FCRA violation by Amnesty

The Probe Will See Whether The India Chapter Of Amnesty International Has Received Foreign Funds And If So Under What Laws, Other Sources Of Funding, It Expenses And Patterns Of Expenses, The Official Said.

PTI | Updated on: 16 Aug 2016, 07:59:10 PM
Home minister Rajnath Singh (Source: Getty Images)

New Delhi:

Amidst allegations of anti-India slogans being raised at an Amnesty event in Bengaluru, the Home Ministry has launched a probe into the funding of the NGO, its expenses and “possible” violation of FCRA by it. The probe is being carried out under the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to find whether there was any violation of the laws by the India chapter of Amnesty International, a Home Ministry official said today.

The NGO has not been registered under the FCRA and its application for registration under the FCRA is now under serious scrutiny following the Bengaluru event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised during a discussion on Kashmir on Saturday.

The probe will see whether the India chapter of Amnesty International has received foreign funds and if so under what laws, other sources of funding, it expenses and patterns of expenses, the official said.

Amnesty International, on its part, has rejected as “without substance” the allegations made by ABVP, the student outfit of RSS, and claimed that none of its employees shouted any anti-India slogans at any point.

The NGO was booked under IPC sections, including sedition, by Bengaluru Police.

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First Published : 16 Aug 2016, 07:52:00 PM