The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted searches at the home and offices of Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, two of India’s leading human rights lawyers, in Delhi and Mumbai as part of a probe into the Lawyers Collective, a non-government organization.
Grover, Jaising’s husband, is president of the Lawyers Collective. The searches come just a month after CBI registered a case against Grover and the NGO for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
“Five places in Mumbai and Delhi have been searched. Two office premises of Lawyers Collective in Mumbai and one residence of Grover and office and one residential premise and one residence of Grover in Delhi were searched," said a CBI spokesperson.
CBI seized incriminating documents during the searches, said the spokesperson.
Neither Jaising nor Grover responded to Mint’s calls seeking a response, but the Press Trust of India quoted Jaising as saying, “Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years."
Alongside, a group of Opposition lawmakers wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting the move. “This, latest in a long line of coercion and intimidation of Ms Jaising and Mr Grover, is nothing short of a brute show of intimidation as well as gross abuse of power," the letter signed by Congress, TMC, SP, CPI and CPM MPs said.