ED attaches over Rs 17cr of Amnesty International India for money laundering

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has attached bank accounts of Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd (AIIPL) and Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT) for money laundering.

This has become a big setback for Amnesty International (India) as the ED has attached Rs 17 crore bank deposits in connection with its money laundering case.

The ED, justifying its action against the two groups of Amnesty International (India), said “both the entities have acquired the proceeds of crime and layered the same in the form of various movable properties. The order involves attachment of movable properties worth of Rs 17.66 crore being proceeds of crime”.

In 2020, the Amnesty International halted its India operations citing ‘witch-hunt’ by the Indian government. The global human rights watchdog had alleged that the Indian government completely froze its bank accounts in the “incessant witch-hunt” of human rights organisations by the government.

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