The CBI on Thursday raided the residences and offices of Supreme Court advocates Indira Jaising and her husband Anand Grover in Delhi and Mumbai.
Reacting to the CBI raids, noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan said, “CBI raids at residence of Indira Jaisingh & Anand Grover in case of alleges misuse of foreign funding to their NGO is a clear act of Vendetta. Registration of cases and raids by government agencies has now become the way of the government to harass and intimidate opponents.”
In 2016, Indira Jaising had hit out at Narendra Modi government accusing it of being vindictive after the Ministry of Home Affairs cancelled the licence of her NGO, Lawyers Collective.
Sources: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is carrying out raids at the residence of Supreme Court advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, in connection with Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) violation case pic.twitter.com/h2k9IET41r
— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2019
The MHA had justified its decision to cancel the licence for six months citing alleged FCRA violations. Jaising had said that she was being punished because she represented Sanjiv Bhat and Priya Pillai in the past.
Last month, the federal probe agency had booked Grover and his Mumbai-based voluntary organisation, Lawyers Collective, for alleged violation of rules in receiving foreign aid. The agency had also filed an FIR on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has alleged several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by the NGO.
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