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Indira Jaising: What exactly is CBI looking for at her premises?

Jaising is now claiming she is being unduly persecuted, had once doubted the ‘vested interests’ in all NGOs that received foreign funding.

New Delhi: Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaising alleged on Thursday that she and her husband were being “targeted” by the CBI due to their work in the field of human rights after sleuths from the central agency carried out searches at her residence and office.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is carrying out searches at the residence of former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Jaising and the offices of Lawyers Collective, an NGO run by her husband Anand Grover, officials said.

The searches are being carried out at the Nizamuddin residence and office of Jaising here, the office of the NGO at Jangpura and another office in Mumbai from 5 AM, they added.
Grover was booked by the central probe agency for alleged Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) violations in receiving foreign aid.

Sirf News research revealed that Lawyers Collective’s Indira Jaising, once an additional solicitor general, famously preached something and practised quite the opposite. In the book, Cause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities, edited by Austin Sarat William Nelson, she is quoted as saying, “The main reason why we don’t believe in accepting foreign funding is because we think that groups that do that often end up developing a vested interest in being professionals rather than servicing the community, and they get very alienated from the community for whom they work.”

However, Outlook reported in its 19 September 2011 issue that she had received $12,40,000 from the Ford Foundation.

And now she is crying foul. “Mr Grover and I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years,” Jaising told reporters.

The CBI had filed an FIR against Grover and the NGO on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which had alleged several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by the organisation.

Jaising is not named as an accused in the FIR but her alleged role has been mentioned in the complaint of the ministry.

The CBI has booked Grover, the president of Lawyers Collective, and unidentified office-bearers of the organisation, besides unidentified officials in this connection.

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