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The CBI undertook a major operation with nationwide raids conducted across 40 locations. It was part of a massive crackdown on an alleged nexus between NGOs and some officials of the home ministry which was facilitating the illegal clearance of matters pertaining to the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA). Acting on the basis of inputs from the MHA, the agency has carried out several arrests. It includes those of public servants posted in the home ministry’s FCRA division, who were caught taking bribes. At least six government officials were being questioned with the investigators unearthing hawala transactions worth at least Rs 2 crore until now.
The CBI raids followed a detailed note sent by the home secretary. As per the orders of home minister Amit Shah, CBI director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal. The note pointed to three FCRA clearance networks that have allegedly been operating in connivance with government officials. These networks have been allegedly charging ‘speed money’ or ‘problem resolution money’ to expedite FCRA nods and resolve issues regarding FCRA clearances and formalities. On MHA’s input, CBI officials conducted searches at 40 places in Delhi, Rajasthan, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and Mysore. The searches were to nab representatives of NGOs, middlemen, and public servants of MHA’s FCRA division.
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