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Aakar Patel, Ex-Head of Amnesty in India stopped at Bengaluru airport from flying to US

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bengaluru: Ex-Amnesty International India head, Aakar Patel, was stopped from leaving India at the Bengaluru Airport on Wednesday, 6 April, after a Look Out Circular (LOC) was issued against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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Aakar Patel said he was informed by immigration authorities at the airport that the Central bureau of Investigation (CBI) has put him on the exit control lost. However, he has been allowed to travel to the US by a Gujarat court.

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“CBI officer called to say I am on the Look-Out Circular because of the case Modi govt has filed against Amnesty International India,” he tweeted. He tagged the Prime Minister’s Office, seeking an explanation.

“I was shocked as I did not know there was a look out circular against me. I should have been informed of this, which would have provided an opportunity for me to challenge it legally,” he told The Hindu.

Case against amnesty
Patel was referring to the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case against Amnesty International India, based on an FIR filed by the CBI in connection with the alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and the Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy).

In 2019, the ED issued a show-cause notice to Amnesty International India for alleged contravention of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to the tune of over Rs 51 crore.

The alleged FEMA contravention is related to the borrowing and lending regulations to the tune of Rs 51.72 crore for rendering civil society activities in the country by getting remittances from its parent body, Amnesty International UK, in the garb of export of services.

Moreover, Patel himself is in the dock after being booked in a case under sections pertaining to promoting disharmony among communities for his social media posts against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-RSS.

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