CBI Raids NGO Amnesty International India’s Bengaluru And Delhi Offices
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday conducted raids at non-governmental organisation Amnesty International India’s Bengaluru and Delhi offices.
Raids were carried out, details are awaited, a CBI officer told the Press Trust of India.
An Amnesty International India executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said about half-a-dozen CBI officers arrived at about 8:30 am at the Bengaluru office and carried out searches till 5:00 pm.
"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. It said that it stands in full compliance with Indian and international law,” the NGO said in a statement.
“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," the statement read.
About a year ago, the Enforcement Directorate had raided the Amnesty International India office in connection with violation of India’s foreign exchange norms.
The searches were in connection with alleged violation of foreign direct investment norms linked to a previous case of revocation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act licence of the NGO by the home ministry in 2010.