The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested 14 accused including 06 public servants and has recovered cash of Rs.3.21 crore(approx), several incriminating documents, mobile phones etc. during searches at the premises of accused at around 40 locations including in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Manipur etc.
A case was registered on 10.05.2022 against 36 accused including 7 public servants of FCRA Division of MHA & NIC and middlemen, representatives of various NGOs on the allegations that some officials of FCRA Division in conspiracy with the promoters/ representatives of different NGOs, middlemen, were indulging in corrupt activities for getting backdoor FCRA registration/ renewal to NGOs illegally with an object to continue receiving donations despite not fulfilling the prescribed norms. It was further alleged that some public servants were impersonating themselves as officers posted in FCRA Division and were indulging in said practices & obtaining bribe from NGOs for facilitating them for their registration/ renewal of registration under FCRA and for other FCRA related works.
During investigation, two accused were caught while delivering and accepting the bribe amount of Rs.4 lakh on behalf of a Senior Accountant of MHA, New Delhi. It was alleged that the delivery of bribe was done through a hawala operator and a close associate of said public servant, at Avadi (Tamil Nadu)
The arrested accused are being produced before the Competent Court.
Further investigation is continuing.