The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the home and office of the Ex-IAS officer, Harsh Mander, on Thursday, September 16. It is reported that the ED raided Mander’s office in Adhchini, home in Vasant Kunj and the children’s home in Mehrauli.
The raid took place hours after when Harsh and his wife left for Germany for their nine-month fellowship programme.
It is reported that the raid began at 8 am at his home in Vasant Kunj and his office in Adchini. Notably, Mander left for Germany at around 3.30 am on Thursday.
The report further states that along with Harsh’s home in Vasant Kunj, the children’s home run by him and the Centre for Equity Studies, of which Harsh is a chairman is also being raided by the ED. All the devices that were found have also been seized.
Earlier, in July, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR, requested the Delhi High Court that they should take action against the two children’s home that are linked to Harsh Mander. The NCPCR also said that Mander has been violating rules on the management. In one of the violations, it was mentioned that the NCPCR was informed that the children from the NGO were being taken to the protest sites including Jantar Mantar.
Meanwhile, Mandar said that NCPCR had allegedly raided the children’s home and they sought to known if the children participated in the CAA protest, also if there is any foreign funding and whether shelter was given to Rohingya children.
Who is Harsh Mander?
Harsh Mander is a social activist and retired IAS officer. He left the IAS service after Gujarat Riot in 2002, and he started social service activism after that. Apart from this, he has also written and co-authored several books.