CBI officials intercepted 437 phone calls related to the irregularities in granting permission to receive foreign donations.
Officials said on Sunday that it has been confirmed that government officials will ask 5 to 10 percent commission through intermediaries to allow voluntary organizations to receive foreign donation funds.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote a letter to the CBI last March to conduct an investigation into the matter based on the information received about irregularities in the acceptance of foreign donations.
Among them, 3 organizations are collecting money in the name of fees from voluntary organizations with the complicity of government officials to allow them to receive foreign donations; Ajay Bhalla had told CBI Director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal that an investigation should be conducted in this regard.
Subsequently, the CBI officials conducted raids at a total of 40 places in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, and some places in Rajasthan. At that time, it was revealed that some officials took bribes to grant permission to voluntary organizations in violation of the provisions of the Foreign Donations Regulation Act (FCRA). Also, the CBI officials found that Hawala money transfer of Rs.2 crore had taken place.
Following that, the CBI officials arrested 16 people, including 6 officers of the Home Ministry’s FCRA unit, volunteers and middlemen, in May. Subsequently, the CBI recently filed 4 charge sheets in this case.
In this situation, the CBI officials intercepted and analyzed 437 phone calls between the arrested government officials and middlemen and voluntary organizations. In it, ‘It has been confirmed that the middlemen will negotiate with the administrators of the voluntary organization asking for a commission of 5 to 10 percent.
Based on this information, the CBI officials have also obtained some documents from the FCRA unit for investigation. Also, the CBI officials have seized 50 mobile phones and 12 pen drives in connection with this matter, officials said.