CBI searches home and offices of senior lawyers Anand Grover, Indira Jaising; Oppn calls it coercion

A month after it registered an FIR against the Lawyers Collective, a rights issue NGO run by senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and offences under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act, the CBI on Thursday said it had A CBI statement claimed There was no immediate response from the Lawyers Collective or Grover on the CBI searches and claims. Condemning the searches, a group of Opposition MPs, in a letter to the Prime Minister, called the CBI action the The Opposition MPs who urged the On June 13, acting on a complaint from the ministry of home affairs (MHA), the CBI registered an FIR in Mumbai, naming Grover, unknown office bearers of Lawyers Collective and unknown private persons and public servants. Suspected offences listed include criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, false statement made in declaration and criminal misconduct. In 2016, the MHA had cancelled the FCRA licence of Lawyers Collective for alleged violation of FCRA provisions after an inspection of its books of accounts and records. It had pointed out that the NGO 39 crore In May this year, the Lawyers Collective was issued notice by the Supreme Court after a petition filed by another organisation called Lawyers Voice sought direction to the Centre to book Jaising, Grover and their NGO for alleged violation of rules related to receipt and use of foreign funds. In a statement following the registration of the FIR, the Lawyers Collective said it It is to target the Lawyers Collective and its office bearers, to silence them as they have taken up sensitive cases in the past, and continue to take them up.