"This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organisations by the government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations", said Amnesty, claiming that it had complied with all Indian and worldwide laws.
Amnesty International Tuesday halted its India operations and let go of its staff members, alleging "witch-hunt" by the Centre.
"The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental".
Owing to these illegal practices of Amnesty, the previous government had also rejected the repeated applications of Amnesty to receive funds from overseas, MHA said in a statement. While the department did not find any irregularities, the investigating agencies' move adversely affected the fundraising campaigns, AI India has said.
"Amnesty is free to continue humanitarian work in India, as is being done by many other organizations.
Amnesty's failure to comply with local regulations does not entitle them to make comments on the democratic and plural character of India", said the Home Ministry statement. According to the complaint, Amnesty International UK allegedly remitted ₹10 crore to Amnesty India entities as FDI without the ministry's approval.
In a statement, the watchdog accused India's Hindu nationalist government of "an incessant witch-hunt" against human rights organizations that have revealed wrongdoing by Indian authorities in recent years. "This was a sudden decision but we saw it coming for a long time", said one campaigner, who has been associated with the organisation for several years. Last month, Amnesty published two investigations that detailed security forces' harsh crackdown in Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority territory, and police complicity in riots in New Delhi in February that killed 53 people, a lot of them Muslims. The people of India have placed unprecedented trust in the current government.
The organisation then recalled how it had to virtually release its third "Lawless Law" report on the misuse and abuse of Public Safety Act in Jammu and Kashmir in June 2019. "All such receipts have subsequently been expended on Amnesty's NGO activities in India in violation of the FCRA", the complaint says.
The Ministry of Home Affairs called the allegations "exaggerated and far from the truth". This Twitter handle, Amnesty says, is used to monitor and analyse developments in worldwide human rights law and Indian constitutional and criminal law related to human rights issues.
In October 2019, Amnesty officials testified before a congressional panel in Washington on human rights in Kashmir after India revoked the territory's special status earlier in the year.
Verhaar added, "The Amnesty movement is very proud of the vital work carried out by our outstanding colleagues in India regardless of the risks they faced, including their unequivocal calls for accountability for the actions of the authorities during the Delhi riots and in Jammu and Kashmir and their work on gender-based violence". "Treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises and dissenting individuals as criminals without any credible evidence is a deliberate attempt by the Enforcement Directorate and Government of India to stoke a climate of fear and dismantle the critical voices in India", it added.