In wake of the raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the offices of senior advocates and human rights defenders Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, liberal politicians and members of civil society have shown support for the duo.
Anand Grover and Indira Jaising.
The dynamic duo has received words of support and encouragement from senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, activist Kavita Krishnan, Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechuri, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and many others. They have all expressed shock at the manner in which Jaising and Grover have been targeted and urged that the law of the land be upheld.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan tweeted saying, "CBI raids at residence of Indira Jaisingh & Anand Grover in case of alleges misuse of foreign funding to their NGO is a clear act of Vendetta. Registration of cases & raids by Govt agencies has now become the way of govt to harass & intimidate opponents."
Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "I strongly condemn CBI raids on well known senior advocates @IJaising and Mr Anand Grover. Let the law take its own course but subjecting veterans who have all through their lives fought for upholding the rule of law & Constitutional values is clear vendetta."
CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechuri also minced no words:
Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai also expressed concerns about how two of the country's "finest public spirited lawyers who have fought all their lives against the powerful are being raided by CBI."
Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad also tweeted in solidarity with Jaising and Grover:
Both Kavita Krishnan and Jignesh Mevani dubbed this an undeclared emergency.