The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday carried out raids at the residences and offices of senior advocates Indira Jaising and her husband Anand Grover.
The searches were carried out on an alleged violation of foreign funding rules for their NGO Lawyers Collective.
According to reports, the searches were carried out at their residence at Delhi’s Nizamuddin, the office of the NGO and another office in Mumbai.
The CBI has earlier filed an FIR and filed a case on a complaint by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The agency booked Anand Grover and the NGO for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).
According to the ministry’s complaint, the NGO had allegedly received foreign funding over Rs 32.39 crore between 2006-07 and 2014-15.
In 2010, in violation of the FCRA, irregularities were committed during this, a media report suggests.
Indira Jaising, who was additional solicitor general from 2009 to 2014, was, however not named in the complaint as an accused.
But the MHA has mentioned about her alleged role. As per the case, the CBI Indira received a remuneration of Rs. 96.60 lakh from the NGO.
According to a few media reports, the FIR also named unknown officer-bearers and functionaries of the NGO and unknown private persons and public servants as accused.
Amidst all this, Indira lashed out while speaking to reporters.
“Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years,” she said.
The NGO issued a public statement on the raids.
“It is obvious to us that this is victimisation on account of Ms Jaising taking up the issue of the procedure adopted in relation to allegations of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India by a former employee of the Supreme Court, which Ms Jaising has done so in her capacity as a concerned citizen, a senior member of the bar and a women’s rights advocate, without commenting on merits of the allegations,” the press statement reads.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet, condemned the raids, calling it a clear vendetta.
I strongly condemn CBI raids on well known senior advocates @IJaising and Mr Anand Grover. Let the law take its own course but subjecting veterans who have all through their lives fought for upholding the rule of law & Constitutional values is clear vendetta
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 11, 2019
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan also commented on the raids and said these were a means to harass and intimidate.