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ED raids former IAS officer Harsh Mander’s house and office

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided the home and office of retired IAS officer and activist Harsh Mander in New Delhi. Sources said the raid took place just hours after Mander and his wife left for Germany.

The raid began at 8 a.m. today at his residence in Vasant Kunj and at his office at the Center for Equity Studies in Adhchini. According to sources, the ED had also raided a children’s home run by the temple in Mehrauli.

Temple left for Germany on Thursday morning for a fellowship at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He is currently the Director of the Center for Equity Studies.

In July, the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR) had told the Delhi High Court that action had been taken against the two children’s homes associated with the temple after various violations and inconsistencies were found. One of the violations mentioned by the NCPCR in its reply to the court was that they were informed that children were taken to protest places including Jantar Mantar.

The reply was submitted in response to a petition filed by two children’s homes run by the Center for Equity Studies (CES) to quash NCPCR’s investigation report.

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