ED Raids Activist Harsh Mander’s Home, Office and Children’s Home in Delhi

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Noted human rights activist Harsh Mander. — File phoo

Action is taken soon after he goes abroad on a fellowship programme

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — The Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths on Thursday conducted a raid on the office and home of Harsh Mander, a prominent human rights activist and former IAS officer, in New Delhi.

The raid, according to The Quint, came hours after Mander and his wife left for Germany for a nine-month fellowship offered by Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.

The ED officials raided his home in Vasant Kunj, his  Centre for Equity Studies office, and the children’s home Mander runs  in Mehrauli. Reportedly no one was at home when the ED officials reached there. His daughter who also lives in Delhi later arrived.

According to The Tribune newspaper, the ED conducted a raid after Delhi Police filed an FIR against the former National Advisory Council member under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Mander also runs a civil society initiative, Karwan-e- Mohabbat which he started in 2017 to combat communal violence.

Shabnam Hashmi, a fellow civil society activist, said she “strongly condemns” the raid.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning, income tax officials arrived at the Mumbai home of actor Sonu Sood after raiding his offices at six locations in the city on Wednesday.

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