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The CBI today (Thursday, July 11) raided the residence and offices of senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover over alleged violation of a law on foreign funding. 

Grover was booked by the agency for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) rules.

The CBI started raids at the Nizamuddin residence and office of Jaising, office of the NGO in Jangpura and an office in Mumbai from 5 in the morning.

When contacted by news agency PTI, Grover asked not to be disturbed as he was in the “midst” of it (searches).

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 following a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) alleging several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by the group. 

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According to the complaint of the ministry, which is now a part of the FIR, the 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 FCRA.

Jaising has not been named as an accused in the FIR but her alleged role figures in the complaint of the ministry. Grover is the trustee and director of the organisation. Unknown officer-bearers and functionaries of the NGO and unknown private persons and public servants were also made accused in the FIR filed under IPC sections that deal with forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the raids, saying it was clear vendetta. Taking to Twitter, he said: “I strongly condemn CBI raids on well known senior advocates @IJaising and Mr Anand Grover. Let the law take its own course but subjecting veterans who have all through their lives fought for upholding the rule of law & Constitutional values is clear vendetta.”

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