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Former Amnesty India Chief Aakar Patel Stopped At Bengaluru Airport By CBI

Bengaluru: Aakar Patel, the former India Director of Amnesty International, was denied boarding on a trip to the United States today at Bengaluru airport.

Mr Patel tweeted that he had been placed on an exit control list in connection with a complaint filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Amnesty India International (CBI).

“CBI officer called to say I am on the look-out circular because of the case Modi government has filed against Amnesty International India,” he said in a tweet.

Following a complaint from the Home Ministry, the CBI launched a case against Amnesty International India and three of its partner organisations in November 2019, alleging violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 and the Indian Penal Code.

Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd (AIIPL), Indians For Amnesty International Trust (IAIT), Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT), Amnesty International South Asia Foundation (AISAF), and others were named in the complaint.

According to the Home Ministry’s complaint, a payment of Rs. 10 crore, designated as Foreign Direct Investment, was sent to Amnesty India from its London office without the approval of the Home Ministry.

Amnesty India has received another 26 crore, “mainly from UK-based entities.”

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