Bombay HC Grants Bail Plea To Teesta Setalvad, Gets Two Weeks Relief

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Bombay HC grants anticipatory bail to Teesta Setalvad in alleged embezzlement case.
Bombay HC grants anticipatory bail to Teesta Setalvad in alleged embezzlement case.

Bombay High Court has granted anticipatory bail to activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand after a bail plea was rejected by a CBI court. They have got protection from arrest for two weeks after they moved the high court.

Earlier Reports: A court in Mumbai has rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand in connection with charge of violating foreign exchange laws and embezzlement of funds donated to her NGO. “I am shocked and aggrieved. My sympathisers believe that it’s a move to intimidate and possibly eliminate us by the power,” Teesta said after the hearing.

Earlier, Gujarat Police, opposing the anticipatory bailplea of Teesta Setalvad, urged the Supreme Court to lift the stay on her arrest. The police said the the social activist and her husband “misappropriated” funds meant for charity for personal expenses ranging from wine, earbuds to expensive mobile phone besides tampering with evidence.

In the affidavit , it says Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand as trustees of two trusts — Sabrang Trust and Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) — have by “diverse methods” allegedly “misappropriated the funds of charity and converted to their own use funds meant for the rehabilitation and welfare of the unfortunate victims of riots in Gujarat in Feb-March 2002,” including construction of the “dream museum”.

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