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1:35 pm - Monday February 19, 2018

SC restrains arrest of activist Teesta Setalwad, husband

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Agencies, New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Thursday restrained the police from arresting social activist Teesta Setalwad and her husband Javed Anand after their anticipatory bail was rejected by the Gujarat High Court. The bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, while restraining police from arresting Setalwad and her husband for one day, directed the listing of the matter Friday.

The court gave the order after counsel Kapil Sibal mentioned the matter before it. Earlier, the Gujarat High Court had rejected her anticipatory bail plea in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds meant for a museum at Gulbarg society, devastated in the 2002 riots. “They cannot be armoured with full fledged anticipatory bail when applicant did not cooperate with the investigation,” Justice J B Pardiwala said, turning down the bail applications of Setalwad and her husband Javed Anand, paving the way for their possible arrest.

Maintaining that their custodial interrogation was “in public interest” and “in the interest of justice”, the court said Setalwad had filed the pre-arrest bail plea just to avoid custodial interrogation.The court also said that affidavits by witnesses had brought out several “shocking facts” about the applicant having used the funds collected in the name of riot victims and meant for the poor people for personal and materialistic purposes.

As Additional Advocate General P K Jani submitted that the state government had no objection to anticipatory bail being given to three other accused -Tanvir Jafri, son of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, Chairman of Gulbarg society Firoz Gulzar and secretary Salim Sandhi- their pleas were allowed. The court directed them to appear before the city crime branch on February 19.

The crime branch had in January last year registered an FIR against Setalvad and others on complaints by former residents of the Gulbarg society and riot victims accusing them of embezzling Rs 1.51 crore collected by them in donations for turning the housing society, ravaged during the riots, into a museum.

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