Totally Baseless: Popular Front of India on claims of funding anti-CAA protests
The Kerala-based Popular Front of India has strongly rejected allegations that it had provided financial funding for protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and that money transfers made to some prominent lawyers were part of the organisation’s efforts to fund anti-CAA protests.
In a statement the Popular Front of India slammed “vested interested who are keen to blame Popular Front for everything that is happening in India”, said it would “fully comply with the law of the land”, and demanded that the “baseless” allegations be backed with proof.
The organisation was reacting to news reports saying that the Enforcement Directorate had found a “financial link” between the recent violent protests in Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the Kerala-based outfit PFI.
Quoting unnamed sources, the reports said that the ED, which is probing the Popular Front of India (PFI) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) since 2018, had found that at least Rs 120 crore was deposited in bank accounts in western Uttar Pradesh after the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by Parliament late last year.
In its statement, PFI rejected the allegations outright, calling them “totally baseless” and questioning why the ED had not issued an official statement.
‘MONEY PAID TO LAYWERS WAS FEE’
Some news reports on Monday also said that PFI had paid lawyers such as Kapil Sibal, Dushyant Dave and Indira Jaising as part of its efforts to fund anti-CAA protests. PFI rejected these claims as well, saying that the money transfers being talked about were lawyer fees for the 2017 Hadiya case.