‘Illegal, Mala Fide & Blatant Abuse of Law’: Lawyers Collective Issues Statement on CBI Raids on Indira Jaising, Anand Grover
"The Lawyers Collective will take appropriate action against these unlawful and vindictive actions, in accordance with law."
Lawyers Collective issued a statement on Friday, July 12, condemning the CBI raids on the offices and residences of its trustees and noted human rights advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover.
Calling the CBI’s actions “mala fide and a blatant abuse of law,” the statement highlighted that the raids were carried out “purportedly in relation to the alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Act, 2010 (FCRA) by the Lawyers Collective, appellate proceedings in relation to which are pending before the Bombay High Court since 2017.”
“Yesterday’s raids by the CBI in relation to the very same FCRA documents, which the MHA had inspected and taken copies of 3 and ½ years ago. The CBI could well have summoned the documents but they took the action to raid and humiliate Ms. Indira Jaising and Mr. Anand Grover. The CBI’s actions are totally unwarranted, illegal and amount to gross abuse of the process of law,” the statement read.
Pointing out that the Union Home Ministry cancelled the FCRA registration of 18,867 NGOs, the organisation said that criminal proceedings were not carried out against any of these NGOs. This, the statement said, reveals the “arbitrariness and mala fide intent of the Government”.
It further added that the NGO was targeted because of the nature of cases taken up by Jaising and Grover, “including those against the leading figures of the ruling dispensation in various sensitive cases.”.
Lawyers Collective would be taking appropriate steps against “these unlawful and vindictive actions, in accordance with law,” it said.