IT department investigative team took all data by cloning its servers, private cell phones: Oxfam India

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Despite this, Oxfam India was leading one of the largest civil society responses to the Covid crisis in 16 Indian states, Oxfam India said in a statement.

Despite this, Oxfam India was leading one of the largest civil society responses to the Covid crisis in 16 Indian states, Oxfam India said in a statement.

Two days after officials from the Income Tax (IT) department ‘investigated’ Oxfam India on suspicion of financial irregularities, the non-profit organization said the team of investigation had taken all the data by cloning its server and the private cell phones of senior management. crew.

The Income Tax Department on Wednesday carried out investigations into two think tanks and a charity suspected of irregularities in financial dealings, including at Oxfam India’s office at Okhla Industrial Estate.

“Income Tax (IT) Department officials conducted an income tax ‘investigation’ at Oxfam India office in Delhi from 7th September 2022 at noon until the early hours of 9th September During these more than 35 hours of uninterrupted investigation, Oxfam India team members were not allowed to leave the premises, the internet was cut off and all mobile phones were confiscated,” said Oxfam India said in a statement.

He added that while the investigation team was polite and professional, the process of an investigation with such sweeping powers and such a wide scope disappointed Oxfam India.

“The income tax investigation team took away hundreds of pages of data relating to Oxfam India’s finances and programs. They also took all the data by cloning Oxfam India’s server and private mobile phones of the management team and the head of finance,” he added.

He further stated that he is complying with Indian laws and has filed all his statutory compliances including Income Tax and Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) returns in a timely manner since his creation.

“This income tax investigation was undertaken without giving a reason. Oxfam India has cooperated with the Income Tax Service during this investigation and is committed to doing so in the future. In January 2022, we also had a week-long detailed audit of the FCRA accounts by the auditors appointed by the FCRA division,” he said.

Stating that the past eight months have been difficult for Oxfam India, the company pointed out that in December 2021, the FCRA license renewal was denied by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

“Despite this, Oxfam India was leading one of the largest civil society responses to the Covid crisis in 16 Indian states. Oxfam India provided life-saving medical and diagnostic equipment to 150 district hospitals, 172 primary health centers and 166 community health centers in 16 states. 10 oxygen plants have also been set up and made operational across the country,” he said.

“The computer investigation and MHA’s refusal to renew Oxfam India’s FCRA registration will not diminish our commitment to serving the nation’s vulnerable communities and upholding the values ​​enshrined in India’s Constitution,” he added. .

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