The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided the premises of former IAS officer and Delhi Police. Condemning the ED’s action, a group of activists and intellectuals said it was part of the “relentless attempt to threaten, intimidate and silence every critic” of the government. In a joint statement, a group of over 25 activists and intellectuals said Mander has done nothing but work for peace and harmony. Official sources said that Mander’s residence and NGO’s offices in South Delhi’s Adchini, Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli were raided by the Enforcement Directorate. Mander has written several books and apart from social work, he also writes editorials in newspapers on topics like social justice and human rights. He left for Germany with his wife on Thursday morning. “We condemn these raids for harassing and intimidating human rights and peace activists,” the statement said. Mander has done nothing but work for peace and harmony and has consistently maintained high standards of honesty and integrity. The signatories to the statement are Dr. Saeeda Hameed, former member of the Planning Commission, economist Jean Dreze, Professor Apoorvanand of Delhi University, senior advocate Indira Jaising, Kavita Krishnan, secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace Teesta Setalvad and Shabnam, founder of NGO Anhad. Hashmi is involved. A case was registered under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, sections 75 and 83(2) of the Juvenile Justice Act on the complaint of the Registrar of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). These cases pertain to the ‘Umeed Aman Ghar’ and ‘Khushi Rainbow Home’ set up in South Delhi by the Center for Equity Studies (CSE). The police had then said that the case was registered on the basis of investigation by the NCPCR team of these institutions in October last year. The Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had then alleged that an investigation by two NGOs had found several irregularities including the Juvenile Justice Act and child sexual abuse in an institution. Mander had then called these allegations unwarranted.
[Attribution to NBT]