Anticipatory bail plea of Teesta Setalwad rejected

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

With Gujarat High Court rejecting the anticipatory bail petitions of Teesta Setalwad, a social activist, her arrest has become imminent in a case of fund embezzlement.

Her husband Javed Anand and others had moved Gujarat High Court as they are accused of fund embezzlement of Rs 1.51 crore.

Justice JB Pardiwala today rejected anticipatory bail application of Teesta Setalwad and others. He had reserved his order on the petition on January 30 this year. Petitions were filed by Teesta Setalwad her husband Anand, Tanvir Jafri (whose father Ehsan Jafri, former Congress MP, was killed during the 2002  riots) and Firoz Gulzar, a resident of Gulberg Society here.

Former accountant Rais Khan associated with Teesta Setalwad has  accused her and others of misusing the funds meant for the families of Gulberg Society riot victims. At the last hearing, senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, who appeared for the prosecution, had put before the court the statements of Rais Khan.

Teesta Setalwad and others have dubbed the case of embezzlement as politically motivated.

Last year Crime Branch had registered an FIR January 2014 against Teesta Setalwad and others for allegedly siphoning the money collected by them for building a 2002 riots museum at the Society. But plan to build 2002 riots museum was cancelled later.

Twelve residents of the Society had alleged that Setalvad embezzled the funds.

Sixty-nine people, including Ehsan Jafri, were killed in a mob’s attack on the society in 2002 riots following the Godhra train burning incident.

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