Raids at senior advocates’ premises nothing but ‘gross abuse of power,’ said Parliamentarians
NEW DELHI — The raids carried out by the Central Bureau Investigation’s (CBI) against senior lawyer Indira Jaising and her husband Anand Grover has created a stir as the raid is opposed by many political parties, parliamentarians, and concerned distinguished citizens.
The opposition parties on Thursday came out in support of senior advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, condemning the ongoing raids at their homes and offices by the CBI early Thursday.
The duo are accused of violating a law on foreign funding and the raids are reportedly being carried out in connection with Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) violation case.
Raids started at around 5 am at the home of Indira Jaising in Delhi’s Nizamuddin and the offices of Anand Grover’s NGO Lawyers Collective in Delhi and Mumbai.
A group of Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha have written to PM Narendra Modi condemning the raids on senior advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover in a FCRA case, say 'it is a brute show of intimidation and gross abuse of power' pic.twitter.com/xSq1iKDf43
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The CBI had earlier filed a case against Anand Grover and Lawyers Collective for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or the FCRA.
In a joint letter to Prime Minister, the opposition said, “We, the undersigned individuals strongly condemn the raids at the homes and offices of senior advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover this morning by the CBI.”
“This, latest in a long line of coercion and intimidation of Ms Jaising and Mr Grover, it is nothing short of a brute show of intimidation as well as gross abuse of power,” the letter read.
The lawmakers urged the government to “halt such act of coercion and intimidation”, according to reports.
The CBI’s case refers to a period when Indira Jaising was Additional Solicitor General between 2009 and 2014. The expenses of her foreign trips at the time were from funds of the NGO without Home Ministry approval, according to the investigating agency.
Indira Jaising says there is no conflict of interest; the Additional Solicitor General is a public servant, not a government servant, so is not banned from receiving foreign contributions.
“Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years,” said Indira Jaising, who has been a vocal critic of the government.