In a major crackdown, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has carried out raids at five properties belonging to senior lawyers Anand Grover and Indira Jaising, a move that has been heavily criticised by opposition parties. After a day long search, the agency maintains that they have seized “incriminating documents”. The CBI had filed an FIR in June on the basis of a complaint forwarded by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) alleging that they had misused the funds received by NGO Lawyers Collective for political purposes.
Speaking outside her residence on Thursday morning, Jaising said, “I and Mr Anand Grover are being targeted because of human rights work that we have been doing.”
In it’s complaint, MHA has stated that foreign funding was being diverted which is a violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). CBI in it's FIR claims that Anand Grover violated Section 11 of FCRA by utilizing foreign contribution without obtaining registration or prior approval of Central Government .
He used foreign contribution for personal benefits and spent it outside India which is a violation of FEMA.
In the returns that were filed by Lawyers Collective, there was no mention of the fact that the foreign contribution was used for advocacy including advocacy with MPs or media to draft legislation or to organise rallies and dharnas. The utilization of foreign contribution for advocacy indulging in lobbying with MPs and thereby influencing the political process and Parliamentary institutuons is in clear violation of the letter and spirit of the Acts as enshrined in FCRA.
According to the agency, the association acted as a conduit for receipt and transfer of funds meant for UNSR. Anand Grover was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health on 27th February 2008. During 2008-14 one of the foreign donors donated $ 95,000 $ 97,000 $ 875999 to assist him in his work as UN special rapporteur.
Allegations are that there was transfer of foreign contribution to foreign countries.Discrepancies between return filed with MHA and that with IT authorities
Indira Jaising was ASG from July 2009 - 6th May 2014 received remuneration of Rs 96.60 lakh from Lawyers Collective out of Foreign Contribution. She as ASG travelled to foreign countries like Nepal and USA and the travel expenses were borne by Lawyers Collective from FC without prior approval of MHA.