Home and offices of Senior Advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover are being raided by the CBI, which have accused them of violating a law on foreign funding for their NGO.
The CBI had registered a criminal case against the NGO Lawyers Collective for alleged violations of Foreign Contributions Registration Act.
The FIR is as per a complaint filed by Anil Kumar Dhasmana, an Under Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which was filed on 15 May 2019 alleging that the NGO diverted foreign contributions received by them for activities not mentioned in the objects of association and that funds were used for personal expenses unrelated to these objects.
Lawyers Collective had expressed "shock and outrage" at the FIR. They have stated that the FCRA license was cancelled in 2016 on "illegal and arbitrary" grounds as a vindictive measure for taking up sensitive cases against the government. The cancellation has been challenged in Bombay High Court, where the matter is still pending.
In May, the Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India on Wednesday had issued notice to advocates Indira Jaising, Anand Grover, their NGO Lawyers' Collective on a PIL seeking court-monitored SIT probe into the alleged Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) violation.
Senior Advocate Jaising, responding to this, had claimed that she is being victimized for being vocal against illegalities in probe into sexual harassment allegations against the CJI.