CBI raids Amnesty India's offices in Bengaluru and Delhi
New Delhi : Human rights group Amnesty India's offices hace been raided by the CBI in Bengaluru and Delhi over alleged violation of rules involving foreign funding. Slamming the agency's action, the group claimed that they have been targeted for speaking out against human rights violation in the country.
"Over the past year, a pattern of harassment has emerged every time Amnesty India stands up and speaks out against human rights violations in India," Amnesty said in a statement.
"Amnesty India stands in full compliance with Indian and international law. Our work in India, as elsewhere, is to uphold and fight for universal human rights. These are the same values that are enshrined in the Indian Constitution and flow from a long and rich Indian tradition of pluralism, tolerance, and dissent," it added.
For last few years, the company has been on the target list for issues related to its foreign funding. The human rights organisation's Bengaluru office was raided by the Enforcement Directorate last year.
In a statement, the Enforcement Directorate had said Amnesty International India bypassed the FCRA Act after it was denied permission from the Home Ministry. The agency had alleged the non-profit set up a floating commercial entity in the name of Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd, which received Rs. 36 crore in foreign funds.