Ten people have been detained, including five government officials, for allegedly accepting bribes on behalf of nonprofits and facilitating violations of rules in receiving foreign donations, according to Central Bureau of Investigation/(CBI) sources, following a large nationwide crackdown across 40 locations.
According to CBI sources, Home Ministry employees illegally granted Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) approvals to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in exchange for a bribe.
Further sources added that the public officials from the Home Ministry, NGO representatives, and intermediaries were caught red-handed accepting bribes for obtaining foreign financing certifications. According to the primary investigation agency, twelve non-governmental organizations are under investigation.
Illegal transactions worth about 2 crores were discovered through hawala routes, according to the agency, following searches in Delhi, Rajasthan, Chennai, and Mysore, among other places.
The CBI carried out the raids after receiving information from the Home Ministry.