The Supreme Court of Bombay (HC) continued on Thursday the injunction granted to senior lawyer Anand Grover and the NGO Lawyers Collective, with the Enforcement Agency (ED) not being able to summon them until Jan. 15.
While the petition filed by the Lawyers Collective, which sought to repeal the enforcement report (ECIR) and the subsequent subpoena and investigation, was due to be heard on Wednesday by the department bank of Judges SS Shinde and MS Karnik due to time constraints The bank extended the intermediate relief. The petition had also challenged the subpoenas issued by ED under the Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The petition came after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) against Lawyers Collective, run by senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Grover. The case in which Grover was mentioned as a defendant was registered following a complaint from the Home Office, which revoked the NGO’s FCRA license in 2016 for allegedly using foreign contributions for political purposes.
At the previous November 25 hearing, the bank had stated that due to the pandemic situation and taking into account the age of the senior attorney, ED could postpone the subpoena and postpone the investigation. The court then asked ED to provide an affidavit in response to the petition and ordered that ED not insist on the presence of petitioners until then. The court will hear the pleas on January 15th.