Teesta Setalvad, husband siphoned off Rs 3.85 cr donations: Gujarat cops

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Teesta SetalvadSocial activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband were accused of doing away with Rs 3.85 crore from nearly Rs 10 crore donations received for welfare of 2002 riot victims. The Gujarat Police made this charge against them in the Supreme Court.

After the Gujarat High Court dismissed the couple’s anticipatory bail plea, the Supreme Court stopped the police from arresting the duo, but instead asked them to provide documents required for probe.

The police stated that the couple, Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand and their trusts Centre for Justice and Peace and Sabrang, did not cooperate with them in giving the documents to probe complaints by riots victims at Gulbarg Society, as per the 83-page affidavit.

Before 2007, there were no funds in the accounts of two NGOs, stated the police. But after they started accepting donations for setting up a Museum of Resistance for Gujarat riot victims, money begin to pour in.

Since the couple were not cooperating despite requests, the Gujarat Police told the SC that the duo need be interrogated in custody.