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CBI registers FIR against Oxfam India, alleges FCRA violation in transactions worth lakhs

OXFAM India was constantly pressurizing the Government of India through foreign governments and organizations to change the FCRA law.

New Delhi: The CBI has registered an FIR against NGO Oxfam India and its officials for alleged violation of FCRA based on a complaint by the Union Home Ministry. While giving information about this on Wednesday, officials said that the CBI had conducted searches in the NGO's office in Delhi in this case. According to the complaint filed in the FIR, Oxfam India's FCRA registration had lapsed but it still violated the law by transacting money through other means.

'Oxfam India office searched'

Giving information about this, an official said that the CBI conducted searches at the office of Oxfam India in Delhi regarding alleged violation of FCRA. The complaint alleged, “It appears from the emails received during IT survey by CBDT that Oxfam India is providing funds to Center for Policy Research (CPR) in the form of commission through its associates/employees. This is also reflected in the TDS data of Oxfam India which shows a payment of Rs 12.71 lakh towards CPR in the financial year 2019-20.

OXFAM India tried to exert pressure

According to the allegations, between 2013-16 also, irregularities were committed in foreign transactions worth Rs 1.5 crore. The FIR states that the organization had obtained FCRA registration to carry out social activities, but the payment made to CPR through its associates or employees in the form of commission, professional or technical services, is not in line with its stated objectives. It alleged, 'This is in violation of Section 8 and 12(4) of FCRA 2010.' OXFAM India was constantly pressurizing the Indian government through foreign governments and organizations to change the FCRA law.


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