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ED penalises Amnesty International India Rs 51 cr and its former CEO Aakar Patel Rs 10 cr for FEMA violence

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Friday, Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd and its former CEO Aakar Patel penalized by Enforcement Directorate over charges of violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The probe agency imposed a fine of ₹51.72 crore on Amnesty International while Patel has been fined ₹10 crore.

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The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement, “The Adjudicating Authority of ED has adjudicated an SCN issued to M/s Amnesty India International Pvt. Ltd. (AIIPL) and its CEO Shri Aakar Patel for contravention of the provisions of FEMA and imposed a penalty of ₹51.72 crores and ₹10 crores respectively.”

The federal agency said it initiated action against the two on the basis of information that Amnesty International, UK had been remitting “huge amount” of foreign contribution through its Indian entities (non-FCRA companies) following FDI route, in order to evade Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to expand its NGO activities in India. The transactions were carried out although the Union Home Ministry denied prior registration or permissions to Amnesty International India Foundation Trust and other trusts under FCRA.

The show-cause notice of penalty was issued as the funds received “violated” Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) provisions, the Enforcement Directorate officials claimed. According to the show cause notice, between November 2013 and June 2018 remittance received by the Amnesty International India and claimed as receipt for business consultancy and PR services is nothing but borrowed from overseas contributor, thereby a clear violation of FEMA.

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