Teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) struck Delhi and Mumbai residences of senior Supreme Court lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, in a foreign funding case early Thursday morning.
The raids are reportedly being carried out to investigate a case against the advocates for ‘receiving illegal foreign funding’.
The CBI had earlier registered a case against Lawyers Collective, an NGO run by senior lawyers Indira Jaisingh and Anand Grover, for alleged violations of Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA). The case, which also mentions Grover as an accused, has been registered on a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which had in 2016 cancelled the FCRA license of the NGO for allegedly using foreign contributions for “political purposes”.
The NGO was in May this year issued Notice by the Supreme Court on alleged violations of FCRA based on a petition filed by another organisation called Lawyers Voice. Jaisingh and Grover had then alleged “victimisation” as Jaising took up “the issue of… allegations of sexual harassment against CJI Ranjan Gogoi by a former employee of the SC”. The SC had then said the pendency of the petition would have no bearing on any investigation carried out by any agency in the matter.