CBI raids Harsh Mander’s office, residence in FCRA violation case

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted searches at the office and residence of retired IAS officer and activist Harsh Mander in connection with a probe related to alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recommended a CBI inquiry last year into the foreign funding of Aman Biradari, a non-government organisation (NGO) founded by Harsh Mander.

The CBI in a statement said a case has been registered against a Delhi-based NGO and its Chairperson-cum-Secretary on allegations of violations of FCA provisions.

“It has been alleged that the NGO had transferred approximately Rs. 32,71,915 other than salary/wages/remuneration, from its FCRA account into the account of individual(s) during 2020-21 in violation of the provisions of FCRA, 2010, ” the CBI said.

The Investigation agency said it has also been alleged that the NGO had diverted funds from its FCRA account through the firm in violation of the provisions of FCRA, 2010.

Earlier in September 2021, raids were conducted at Mander’s residence by the Directorate of Enforcement in connection with an alleged money laundering case.

According to the ED, the raids were conducted at his residence, office and a children’s home run by him in the city. UNI

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