New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday raided the residence and offices of Supreme Court senior advocates Anand Grover and his wife Indira Jaising in connection with violating the foreign fund norms.
CBI conducted raids in Mumbai and Delhi. The agency had filed an FIR against the lawyers on June 18 for alleged violation of rules in receiving foreign aid on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has pointed at several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid. The CBI had booked Grover, the president of Lawyers Collective, and unidentified officials on charges of violating rules under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.
The complaint mentions a rally which was held for HIV/AIDS bill. It further states that the NGO "received foreign contribution amounting to Rs 32.39 crore" during the period 2006-07 to 2014-15, reported news agency ANI.
Jaising alleged she and her husband were being "targeted" by the CBI due to their work in the field of human rights. "Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years," she told reporters.
The Supreme Court in May had issued a notice to the lawyers and their NGO, Lawyers Collective, on a plea alleging violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. Reacting to the notice, the two had alleged they were being "victimised" as Jaising had taken up the cause of a sacked woman employee of the apex court who had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, which were later rejected by an in-house inquiry committee on May 6.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the CBI raids. "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," tweeted Kejriwal.