In letter to Narendra Modi, Opposition MPs call CBI raids at Indira Jaising’s residence, NGO office ‘act of coercion, intimidation’

Accusing the government of 'gross abuse of power' over the CBI raids at the residence of noted lawyer Indira Jaising, a group of opposition MPs Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to 'halt such act of coercion and intimidation'

Press Trust of India July 11, 2019 23:11:24 IST
In letter to Narendra Modi, Opposition MPs call CBI raids at Indira Jaising’s residence, NGO office ‘act of coercion, intimidation’
  • A group of opposition MPs Thursday wrote to Modi accusing the government of 'gross abuse of power' over the CBI raids at Indira Jaising's residence

  • In the letter, they asked Modi to 'halt such act of coercion and intimidation'

  • The CBI carried out searches at Jaising's residence, offices of Lawyers Collective for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act

New Delhi: Accusing the government of "gross abuse of power" over the CBI raids at the residence of noted lawyer Indira Jaising and offices of Lawyers Collective, a group of opposition MPs Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "halt such act of coercion and intimidation".

In letter to Narendra Modi Opposition MPs call CBI raids at Indira Jaisings residence NGO office act of coercion intimidation

File image of Indira Jaising. Twitter/@IJaising

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out searches at Jaising's residence and offices of Lawyers Collective, an NGO run by Grover, a noted lawyer, who has been booked by the agency for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) in receiving foreign aid.

The searches are taking place at the Nizamuddin residence and office of Jaising, the office of the NGO in Jangpura and an office in Mumbai from 5.00 am, officials said. "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.

It further said that the duo, well known for their "pioneering work" in the field of human rights, had fully cooperated with authorities. "Despite the show of cooperation, the raids that have taken place today are shocking. We strongly urge the government and authorities to halt such act of coercion and intimidation," it said.

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