New Delhi: The CBI is conducting searches Thursday at the offices of Delhi and Mumbai offices of Lawyers Collective, an NGO run by noted lawyers Anand Grover and Indira Jaising.
But the officials did not give any details of locations where searches are underway. Grover, husband of former Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, was booked by the agency for alleged Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act breaches in accepting foreign aid.
When contacted, Grover asked not to be disturbed as he was in the midst of searches. Lawyers Collective had rejected all charges levelled by the CBI.
Jaising has been critical of the BJP government on several occasions.
The investigating agency had filed a criminal case against the Lawyers Collective on June 18, 2019, for allegedly violating the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has alleged several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by the NGO.
Anand Grover is a trustee and director of the organization. Unknown officer-bearers and functionaries of the NGO and unknown private persons and public servants have also been made accused in the FIR.
The organisation, which was founded in 1981, states on its website that it “is a group of lawyers with a mission to empower and change the status of marginalised groups through the effective use of law, and an engagement in human rights advocacy, legal aid, and litigation.”