Centre cancels FCRA licence of Indira Jaising’s NGO

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cancelled the licence of an NGO run by noted lawyer Indira Jaising permanently, thereby barring the organisation from receiving foreign funds.

Centre cancels FCRA licence of Indira Jaising’s NGO

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cancelled the licence of an NGO run by noted lawyer Indira Jaising permanently, thereby barring the organisation from receiving foreign funds.

The government has alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration (FCRA) Lawyers Collective, the NGO run by Jaising. In response the NGO has termed the action taken by the government as "preposterous" and an attack on "right to free speech" guaranteed under the Constitution.



In its order, the home ministry claimed that there were discrepancies in foreign contributions cited by Lawyers' Collective in its returns filed with the government.

Jaising, who was the additional solicitor general of India under the previous UPA government, had violated Foreign Contribution Regulation Act norms by receiving foreign funds between 2006-07 and 2013-14 when she was a government servant, the order said.


“It is not known who took the decision to cancel the registration. Other organisation in similar circumstances, particularity Greenpeace, have had their registration renewed, whereas our registration has been cancelled and our renewal declined on the basis of unknown “agency and filed reports” indicating clearly that we have been singled out for political reasons by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Jaising her her response said.


Jaising and her Supreme Court lawyer husband Anand Grover have been involved in many high-profile cases, including defending terror convict Yakub Memon. The organisation also represented Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai in a case that was widely seen as a suit to stifle dissent against the establishment.

Jaising has said that Lawyers Collective is proud of work done in the past on advancing women’s rights, access to medicines and rights of people living with HIV and other marginalised groups, with or without foreign contribution and will continue to do so.