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CBI raids Indira Jaising, Anand Grover for violating foreign funding norms

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Indira Jaising, CBI raids

CBI raids on Indira Jaising, Anand Grover:  The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday carried out raids at Delhi and Mumbai residence and offices of top Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaisingh and her husband Anand Grover in connection with Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) violation case. The CBI had earlier accused the two of violating rules of foreign funding for their NGO - Lawyers Collective.  The agency had even booked Grover for alleged Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act violations in receiving foreign aid. The central investigating agency had alleged that Indira Jaising misused foreign contributions for the NGO when she was the Additional Solicitor General between 2009 to 2014.

News agency PTI contacted Grover for his comments on the raids. However, he asked not to be disturbed as he was in the 'midst' of it (searches). The CBI's action come on the basis of an FIR filed by the Home Ministry against Grover and the NGO. The ministry had alleged several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by Lawyers Collective. The FIR has no mention of Indira Jaisingh in it, however, the Home Ministry's complaint mentions her alleged role in the matter. The ministry, in its complaint, said that Lawyers Collective had received group had received foreign aid worth over Rs 32.39 crore between 2006-07 and 2014-15, wherein irregularities were committed that amounted to violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA). Indira Jaising, Anand Grover and Lawyers Collective had earlier collectively rejected the allegations of misutilisation of the funds. "It is obvious to us that this is victimisation on account of Ms Jaising taking up the issue of the procedure adopted in relation to allegations of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India by a former employee of the Supreme Court, which Ms Jaising has done so in her capacity as a concerned citizen, a senior member of the bar and a women's rights advocate, without commenting on merits of the allegations," a press statement issued by them had said.