New Delhi: 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. Also Read - Supreme Court To Start 'Hybrid Mode' Hearings on Experimental Basis From March 15
The raids are reportedly being carried out to investigate a case against the advocates for ‘receiving illegal foreign funding’. Speaking on the raids, Jaising said, “Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years.” Also Read - There Should be Some Screening: Supreme Court Seeks OTT Regulations From Centre
The agency’s actions comes almost a month after it registered a case against the Mumbai-based NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ and its President Anand Grover for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution (Regulations) Act (FCRA), criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust on June 13, after receiving a Home Ministry report in this regard.
According to the CBI, unknown officer-bearers and functionaries of the NGO, private persons and public servants have also been made accused in the FIR. The Home Ministry report said that the NGO was registered for carrying out social activities and it received Rs 32.39 crore from 2006-07 to 2014-15.
However, the violation of the FCRA was noticed in 2010, the complaint said.
Indira Jaising and Anand Grover found support in Delhi Chief, who took to Twitter and said, “I strongly condemn CBI raids on well known senior advocates Indira Jaising and 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 and Constitutional values is clear vendetta.”
With IANS inputs