New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday (July 11) carried out searches at the offices of Lawyers Collectives, an NGO run by noted lawyer Anand Grover and his wife Indira Jaising, officials said.

The searches are understood to be taking place at the Delhi and Mumbai offices of the NGO, they said. Officials did not give any details regarding the locations where searches were going on.

The agency booked Grover, husband of former additional solicitor general Indira Jaising for alleged Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) violations while receiving foreign aid.

When contacted, Grover asked not to be disturbed as he was in the "midst" of it (searches). Lawyers Collectives had denied all charges levelled by the CBI.

Earlier in May, the Supreme Court issued notices to Indira Jaising, her husband Anand Grover and their NGO Lawyers Collectives, while hearing a petition filed by an organisation Lawyer's Voice seeking the status of investigations into an alleged case of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) violation by the NGO.

Later, the CBI booked lawyer Anand Grover, Lawyers Collectives and his Mumbai-based voluntary organisation for alleged violation of rules in receiving foreign aid. The agency filed an FIR based on a complaint from the ministry of home affairs (MHA), which alleged several discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid received by the NGO.

Though the CBI officials had not mentioned Grover's wife and former additional solicitor general (ASG) Indira Jaising as an accused earlier, the complaint filed by the ministry, which is now part of the First Investigation Report (FIR), mentioned her in the allegations.