New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched campaigns against Union Home Ministry officials, representatives of NGOs and middlemen at 40 places across the country for allegedly clearing foreign donations in violation of FCRA norms and arrested 14 people. Arrested him. During this operation Rs 3.21 crore in cash was recovered. Officials gave this information on Wednesday.
The agency had registered a case against 36 people on May 10 on the complaint of the ministry. These people include seven officials of the FCRA division of the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as representatives of NGOs and middlemen. The CBI had raided 40 locations across the country on Tuesday.
At least three networks were working
Officials said the ministry found that at least three networks were collaborating with government officials to extort money from NGOs to expedite the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) clearances so that they Foreign donations can be received.
The ministry ordered a CBI inquiry into the matter. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, in a letter to the CBI on March 29, said that at least three FCRA clearance networks were working in collaboration with some government officials. Officials said that when the matter was brought to the notice of Home Minister Amit Shah, he had directed strict action against those involved.
Two accused were caught taking and giving bribe
CBI spokesperson R. According to C. Joshi, some officials were allegedly receiving bribes from NGOs for registration and renewal of registration under FCRA and other FCRA related works. He said that during the investigation, two accused were caught taking and giving bribe of Rs 4 lakh on behalf of a senior accountant of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
It is alleged that the bribe was given through a hawala operator in Avadi (Tamil Nadu) and a close associate of the said officer. Those against whom the case has been registered include Pramod Kumar Bhasin, Alok Ranjan, Rajkumar, Mohammad Ghazanfar Ali, Uma Shankar and Tushar Kanti Roy. Apart from this, an FIR has also been registered against representatives of NGOs.