CBI Raids Residence of Human Rights Advocates Indira Jaising, Anand Grover
The raids were carried out in relation to an alleged case of FCRA violation.
The Central Bureau of Investigation raided the residence of senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover on Thursday, July 11 in relation to a case of alleged Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) violation.
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/lM3axyurjP
— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2019
A prominent human rights advocate, Indira Jaising runs the NGO Lawyers Collective with her husband, Anand Grover. The CBI had filed an against FIR against Grover and other office bearers of Lawyers Collective on June 20, and the Union Home Ministry had cancelled the FCRA registration of the organisation.
In May, a Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi had issued a notice to Jaising and Grover over a plea alleging FCRA violation filed by an NGO. Jaising had said that she was being victimised for her vocal opposition of how the SC handled the matter of sexual harassment allegations levelled against CJI Gogoi. “The FIR has been registered after a petition was filed by one ‘Lawyers Voice’ in the Supreme Court. The said Lawyers Voice comprises lawyers affiliated to the BJP and its main protagonist is Mr. Neeraj is the head of the Legal Cell of the BJP in Delhi. The organization clams it has no income and no PAN card, a mandatory requirement for filing a PIL,” a statement issued by Lawyers Collective had said.
In the past 38 years, some of the key cases taken up by the organisation include Naz foundation case on rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, the Sabarimala case, triple talaq case, and the Sohrabuddin case in which Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah was an accused.
The statement further said that the proceedings against the organisation were, “a blatant attack of the right to representation of all persons, particularly the marginalised and those who dissent in their views from the ruling establishment. It is also an attack in the right to free speech and expression and an attack on the legal profession as such.”