Bengaluru: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday conducted searches at two locations here in connection with a foreign exchange contravention case against human rights watchdog Amnesty International India, officials said.
ED further said that the searches at Amnesty International’s office in Bengaluru are being conducted for violation of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) guidelines. Further investigation is underway.
They said the searches are being conducted under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and the central probe agency is looking for documents.
The ED, they said, is looking at a possible and alleged violation of the FEMA linked to an earlier Union home ministry’s probe into the NGO’s accounts related to Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) funds. The agency, sometimes back, has frozen over a dozen bank accounts of environmental NGO Greenpeace and its linked entity after it conducted searches at their premises in Bengaluru on charges of alleged forex violations.