October 18, 2019
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order restraining the investigation agency from taking any coercive action against the NGO Lawyers Collective, run by Senior Advocates Anand Grover and Indira Jaising.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, the Advocate on Record for Jaising, who is on caveat, has confirmed that a Special Leave Petition was filed yesterday against the Bombay High Court’s protective order passed in July this year.
On July 25, a Division Bench of the High Court had granted interim relief to the NGO and its members after a plea was moved to quash the FIR lodged by the CBI alleging a violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010 and offences under IPC.
Lawyers Collective, Grover and others are booked for suspected offences of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating, making of false statement in the declaration under the FCRA 2010, and criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. In addition to invoking the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the CBI has charged them under Sections 33, 35, 37, and 39 of the FCRA 2010 and Section 13(2) with Section 13(1)(d) of the PC Act.